Minnesota Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper says that he will be ready to play next Sunday. Head coach Mike Tice is saying not so fast young man.
Culpepper suffered a bruised back when he was hit in the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown run during the Vikings 23-13 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday. During the game, Culpepper underwent X-rays which were negative and an MRI taken today also came back showing that he had suffered multiple (three) transverse process fractures, coach Mike Tice said.
As a result of the injury, coming from either an elbow or knee from Detroit inside linebacker Wali Rainer, Culpepper has suffered muscle spasms that have began to subside today, but the pain and limited mobility will surely hamper the quarterback, whether he can play Sunday or not.
A transverse fracture can be a painful injury that can be played with, depending on the player's pain tolerance. Tice noted that Culpepper is doubtful for the Vikings game this Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, but he hasn't ruled out his standout quarterback.
"It's a very painful injury, but it's certainly one you can play with," Tice said.
"Transverse fractures are really not that uncommon in professional athletics. In many cases we see athletes playing through the pain, as if the athlete has some sort of muscle injury," Dr. Robert Kliensmitz, a noted surgeon said. "Having three transverse fractures would be quite painful, but playing is definitely an option. Again, in most cases athletes suffer some loss of mobility of flexibility."
Tice is being cautious with Culpepper, not wanting to further injure or aggravate his quarterback, who has played extremely well during the team's 3-0 start.
Gus Frerotte played well in Culpepper's absence and is a quality backup, in the event that Culpepper is unable to play Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.
Culpepper Doubtful, But Some Aren't So Sure
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