Kleinsasser, Rosenthal Gone

As if losing Mike Rosenthal wasn't bad enough, the Vikings learned Tuesday that Jim Kleinsasser's second opinion on his knee doesn't look much better -- meaning both are likely to be placed on injured reserve later this week.

The injury bug that has been hitting several teams hard has come home to roost with the Vikings with the news that both Mike Rosenthal and Jim Kleinsasser are expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Kleinsasser's knee has not responded to rest and it is expected he will have surgery sometime in the next week or two. Rosenthal's foot injury has been diagnosed as a Lisfranc fracture and he's scheduled for surgery later this week. The recovery time from such a surgery is five to six months.

Meanwhile, Jermaine Wiggins won't need surgery on his broken hand but is already being ruled out vs. Chicago and will likely be questionable at best when the team returns vs. the Texans following the bye week.

WEDNESDAY NOTES
* An appeals court judge ruled Tuesday that the Vikings and their training staff were not negligent in the death of Korey Stringer Aug. 1, 2001. The ruling upheld a lower court decision that dismissed the charges. It expected that the case won't be appealed again. In the 13-page decision, the judge chronicled the details of Stringer's final hours, what Vikings personnel did at the time and, in light of the timeline of events, ruled that the team and the medical staff wasn't criminally negligent in their treatment of Big K.
* With Rosenthal out, the plan at right tackle for Sunday is to have Adam Haayer and Nat Dorsey split time. It will be an apprenticeship by fire, since both will have to face Adewale Ogunleye of the Bears -- a fierce pass rusher who has excellent speed off the snap.
* The Vikings were active with their practice squad Tuesday, prompting some to expect the headline "Earthwind Fired." The team release CB Earthwind Moreland, kicker Travis Dorsch and safety Omare Lowe. The openings have been filled by signing TE John Paul Foschi, safety Oliver Celestin and offensive lineman Brandon Newton.

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