Concern Over LB Health Prompts Signing

With both Kailee Wong and Ed McDaniel nursing injuries, the Vikings went shopping Tuesday, signing linebacker Pete Monty to a contract as insurance.

Last week, VU reported that the Vikings had brought in former Giants linebacker Pete Monty for a workout. No contract was signed at the time, but the reason given was that the team was concerned about linebacker depth.

In light of Sunday's game with the Bears where both Kailee Wong and Ed McDaniel were injured and remain question marks for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, the timing couldn't have been better to get Monty in for a look.

The Vikings signed Monty Tuesday to a contract for the remainder of the season. Monty gives the team some versatility because he can play all three linebacker positions and the team is concerned about that position this week because of the hammering running style of Jerome Bettis and the scrambling ability of Kordell Stewart.

Monty was drafted by the Giants out of the University of Wisconsin and played with New York through last season. The Giants opted not to re-sign him this season and he's been waiting for the phone to ring ever since.

As reported Monday, the Vikings confirmed that DE Jeff Hazunga had a broken shoulder blade and would likely be put on injured reserve Tuesday. That happened, opening a spot on the roster for Monty.

WEDNESDAY NOTES
* The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Tuesday that the Vikings were interested in bringing back another former linebacker -- University of Minnesota standout Craig Sauer, who played with the Falcons before joining the Vikings and being released due to a lingering foot injury. The story claimed that Sauer might be signed in the next couple of weeks, but contact directly with Sauer contradicted the story. While Sauer has been contacted by more than just the Vikings, his foot injury won't allow him to play at all this season -- this month or next month.
* Dennis Green spoke out on lingering questions about the condition of Daunte Culpepper, saying there is "nothing physically wrong with his arm or shoulder." However, some of the questions that have surfaced have pondered if maybe the problem is in his throwing hand. Velocity wasn't a problem. Accuracy was.
* For those who want a reason to keep the dream alive in 2001, the Vikings have won their last three road games at Pittsburgh.

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