Dennis Green downplayed the severity of the procedure Sunday, when he admitted Daunte Culpepper will have surgery on his ailing left knee that could end his 2001 season.
Culpepper, who injured the knee untouched against Chicago and aggravated it against Pittsburgh and in practice, has been the subject of rumors that the injury may be much more than simply the posterior cruciate ligament strain that was originally diagnosed.
Word has spread that the injury may involve other knee ligaments -- which have a much longer healing timeline -- as well as cartilage damage.
Culpepper decline to comment after the loss to the Lions, but VU has been told the procedure will be done this week and, once the knee is explored surgicially, the full extent of the damage will be assessed.
* The Vikings QB injury news isn't getting any better. Todd Bouman will have x-rays today to test an injured thumb, which hit on a teammate's helmet in the first half of Sunday's loss. X-rays at the stadium showed no clear breaks, but the latest round of x-rays will look for hairline fractures.
* Randy Moss is at it again. VU has been told the league will likely come down on him for taunting the Lions bench after making a sideline catch Sunday, including directly in front of the Lions coaches. Moss has been fined $110,000 in his short career, including two taunting fines this year -- $5,000 for taunting in the Green Bay game and $10,000 for his TD taunt against the Giants.
* In other Moss news, several Lions players were badmouthing Moss, especially cornerback Bryant Westbrook, following the game. With 14 seconds left in the game and the Vikings needing 10 yards to get into Gary Anderson field goal range, Moss pulled himself out of the game on a crucial third-down play. The Lions players said they were stunned that a team's marquee player would take himself out at such a critical time. As most of you know, the third-down pass to Cris Carter was incomplete, as was a fourth-down pass toward Carter. Moss was on the field for the final play.
* Jim Kleinsasser had medical clearance to play Sunday but sat out again.
* Punter Lee Johnson did a solid job in replacing Mitch Berger, averaging almost 49 yards a punt. Gary Anderson didn't fare as well on kickoff duties. In an attempt to avoid Desmond Howard -- an Achilles' heel of Dennis Green for years -- Anderson's directional kicking caused the opening kick to go out of bounds and other kickoffs to land at about the 15- or 20-yard line.
* Moss caught the 52nd and 53rd touchdowns on his career, moving him past Anthony Carter (52) into second place on the all-time Vikings receiving TD list.
Culpepper To Have Scope on Knee
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