Daunte Culpepper's day got off to a bad start and got worse, as, on the second offensive play, he took a punch to the face while being tackled and his nose broke in the last Central Division game with the Buccaneers. While it appeared Shelton Quarles was simply trying to make a tackle, it was also apparent he was adding a little zip to the end of the play, what had all the looks of a haymaker punch.
Culpepper had the nose set on the sidelines during the game and, following the game, it was swollen and discolored. He's going to see a specialist today to see if anything else needs to be done.
* Culpepper wasn't the only injury. Calves were the problem of the day on the offensive line, as Corbina Lacina left the game early with a left calf injury and David Dixon left in the third quarter with a right calf injury. The only other serious injury was LB Lemanski Hall. VU will update the status of all these injuries.
* In other injury news, Gary Anderson was forced to handle kickoffs because of a muscle strain by punter/kickoff man Mitch Berger.
* Nate Jacquet was back returning kicks because Troy Walters wasn't adequately recovered from his knee injury.
* The Bucs had 20 first downs before the Vikings got their first Sunday -- with 9:42 remaining in the third quarter.
Culpepper to Have Nose Evaluated by Specialist
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