Vikings place Avery on IR, activate Davis

Updated: October 24, 2003, 6:44 PM ET

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings placed running back John Avery on injured reserve on Friday and activated wide receiver Nick Davis from the physically unable to perform list.

Avery, who has a knee injury, struggled returning kicks and lost that job to running back Doug Chapman this week.

Davis recently returned to practice after recovering from shoulder surgery in June. Coach Mike Tice said Davis had a chance to return kickoffs Sunday against the New York Giants.

Also Friday, wide receiver D'Wayne Bates was downgraded to questionable for Sunday's game with a strained hamstring.

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