VU Told Culpepper Will Sit Sunday

Just 24 hours after Daunte Culpepper pronounced himself fit to play Sunday at Detroit, he now appears not only that he won't start, but may not be activated.

Daunte Culpepper had a full practice Wednesday for the first time since injuring his posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee two weeks ago. After practice, he was hopeful to regain his starting job Sunday at Detroit.

A day later, a different prognosis. Culpepper took a step backward Thursday, as significant swelling returned to the knee Thursday and he sat out most of practice. While Dennis Green wouldn't officially confirm it, VU has been told that Todd Bouman will get a second start Sunday and that Culpeopper may be deactivated.

The extent of the reaggravation to the injury isn't known, but the team is contemplating making Culpepper the No. 3 emergency QB Sunday and activating Spergon Wynn as the No. 2 guy Sunday.

A week ago, many Vikings fans were concerned about Bouman starting, but, following his performance last week, that may not be nearly as big an issue this time around.

* Injury note No. 1 -- Two Vikings with ankle injuries -- fullback Jim Kleinsasser and defensive tackle Chris Hovan -- were both upgraded to probable and are both expected to start Sunday.
* Injury note No. 2 -- Dale Carter was added to the injury list with a patella tendon strain in the knee, but is listed as probable and expected to play.
* Injury note No. 3 -- It's a bad week for punters. Mitch Berger, according to a team source, won't play Sunday, which means veteran Lee Johnson will punt and Gary Anderson will handle kickoffs. Meanwhile, Detroit punter James Jett is listed as questionable and some in Detroit feel he won't play.
* Enough already with the injury notes -- Two Lions -- WR Bert Emanuel and CB Terry Fair -- have been ruled out and LB Scot Kowalkowski is listed as questionable.
* Fine Note No. 1 -- Tennessee OT Brad Hopkins was fined $15,000 for a cheap shot on Willie Howard that ended his season with a torn ACL and broken fibula. As reported earlier by VU, the Vikings sent a tape of the play to the NFL. It seems ending a guy's season and potentially a career is as serious as flapping your gums on a team bus.
* Doug Chapman plans to appeal a fine from the league for taunting. Chapman was fined $5,000 for a play Sunday in which he was tackled and tossed a ball in the arms of Tennessee safety Aric Morris. Morris threw the ball back at Chapman and was penalized for taunting. Morris wasn't fined, however. Thank you, replay booth. Now if you can get some calls right on disputed plays, it may all be worth it.

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