Bouman Named Player of the Week

Is there a bigger moment than being in the spotlight for the first time in your career? There is if you're deemed the best player in the NFL for that game.

Todd Bouman's dealings with the media up until last Sunday typically entailed having his head bumped by cameramen looking to get in closer for interviews with players like Daunte Culpepper.

Sunday, Bouman got his first NFL start and made the most of it -- throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns. Tuesday, he was rewarded for it.

Bouman was named the Miller Lite NFL Player of the Week Tuesday, the first Viking to receive that honor this season.

What will he get for his trouble? I nice award and perhaps a place back on the sideline if Daunte Culpepper is ready to go starting today at practice.

* The Vikings brought in Lee Johnson, a veteran punter with 17 years experience, for a workout at Winter Park, but he wasn't signed. The team is awaiting word on the extent to Mitch Berger's injury, which, as explained earlier by VU, is essentially a broken neck. Johnson was released by the Bengals earlier this year and, when Berger's MRI results are in, could be signed as early as today. His spot on the roster will be taking the place of Willie Howard, who will be placed on injured reserve after breaking his leg and tearing his ACL in his right knee Sunday.
* The Lions are trying to combat the Vikings' passing game. The team signed safety Marty Carter Tuesday to help an injury-depleted defense.
* While the Vikings have lost their share of games, their wins have been impressive. They've defeated the two teams with the best records in the NFL last year -- Tennessee of the AFC and the Giants of the NFC -- the leader in the Central Division in Green Bay and the only team other than the Vikings to win the NFC Central title since 1998 in Tampa Bay. The wins may not be plentiful, but they're sure memorable.

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