Culpepper Looking Sharp

Daunte Culpepper looked good in three practices with the Kansas City Cheifs. Find out what he did and what he said afterward. Plus, find out about the atmosphere in Mankato after a couple rough practices Friday, who else looked good and what head coach Mike Tice thought of the workouts.

Daunte Culpepper looks good throwing the ball, and he looks good running with it.

In other words, he looks like the quarterback that he was before getting injured in the second quarter in Week 3.

"I'm all healed up," Culpepper said after Saturday's joint practice with the Kansas City Chiefs at training camp. "I feel 100 percent."

Through 2-1/2 games last season, Culpepper had completed 42 of 69 passes for 514 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran 18 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns.

However, on the second touchdown run against Detroit, Culpepper was hit from behind and broke three small bones in his lower back. He missed the next two games, and when he came back he still threw for 3,937 yards, but he was much more hesitant to run.

"I just needed to get healthy," he said.

Culpepper connected on several long passes during the three practices with Kansas City, not only to Randy Moss but also to Nate Burleson and Kelly Campbell. Receiver Marcus Robinson did not participate in any of the practices against the Chiefs because of a hamstring injury, and Keenan Howry missed Friday's second practice because of a knee injury.

Culpepper also had a couple of nice runs, sometimes getting outside to avoid the rush and others on draw plays.

"I really have to give credit to the offensive line," he said. "They've really given me a lot of time to set up."

There were juts a few small skirmishes in Saturday's practice, a definite contrast to Friday when there were five bench-clearing brawls.

Coach Mike Tice said that he and Chiefs' coach Dick Vermeil had told their respective teams to keep the tempers under control.

"We just wanted a good day's work without all the crap," Tice said.

There had been some quotes by Chiefs officials and players that the two teams would not practice together next year, but on Saturday that talk seemed to quiet down.

Vikings officials said 6,000 fans attended Friday's morning practice against the Chiefs, with 7,500 attending the even practice Friday.

On Saturday, 8,000 fans attended the one practice.

Tice said he was unhappy with the number of mental errors committed in Friday morning's practice, but after watching film Friday night, he said the team cut the number of mistakes in half for the second workout.

He singled out backup center Billy Conaty, who made no mental errors despite only being with the team for one day.

"That was a good find by our personnel department," Tice said.

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