Culpepper Named NFC Offensive P.O.W.

Daunte Culpepper faced the league's No. 1 defense last Sunday, but left with an offensive honor from the NFL.

Five touchdown passes is a rarity in the NFL. Daunte Culpepper had never done it in his career prior to last Sunday and was rewarded for it.

Culpepper was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week by the NFL Wednesday, following his five-TD performance vs. the Cowboys.

The honor was part of a NFC North sweep. Green Bay's Nick Barnett was named defensive P.O.W. and Detroit's Bracey Walker was given special team honors.

If the Vikings' plans continue on offense, this won't be the last time we see Culpepper earn such an honor.

THURSDAY NOTES
* The news on Jim Kleinsasser continues to be discouraging. At first thought to be a day-to-day injury, Kleinsasser's ACL strain was downgraded earlier in the week to hint he might miss up to a month. Wednesday Mike Tice confirmed that potential season-ending knee surgery is now an option. It's not one the Vikings want to take, and Kleinsasser might try to play through the pain, but it's looking more likely that his knee injury could be much more serious than originally thought.
* Tice is also contemplating bringing back kicker Aaron Elling. Following Sunday's game, he said the team was likely to bring in a kickoff specialist, which most assumed would be practice squad player Travis Dorsch. But Elling, who was released by the Titans when they signed Gary Anderson, is a strong possibility. Andersen didn't have problems with the length of his kickoffs, but they didn't have the required hang time to allow the coverage team to get down the field quickly enough.
* Omare Lowe, the Vikings safety who was released when the team signed two veteran cornerbacks Tuesday, cleared waivers and was signed to the practice squad.

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