The damaged left knee of Daunte Culpepper limited his mobility since injuring it against Chicago almost a month ago. Thursday, he's going to have his knee arthroscopically operated on.
The Vikings are hopeful that the procedure, which will attempt to repair a loose piece of his posterior cruciate ligament, will be all the surgery Culpepper will need.
Under a best-case scenario, the return time from similar surgery is 10 days to two weeks, which could potentially make Culpepper available for the final game of the regular season. However, many believe that, considering the Vikings' lack of a playoff opportunity, the season is likely over for Culpepper.
* Byron Chamberlain came to the defense of Randy Moss after a backlash of criticism after Moss came out for a play in the final seconds of the Vikings' last drive in Detroit. VU reported on this story, as cornerback Bryant Westbrook, who had been burned by Moss for two TDs, blasted Moss for taking himself out on the third-down play with 19 seconds to go. Chamberlain said the criticism is unwarranted, since Moss had run several long pass routes in the previous three plays and that it was probably in the team's best interest to have a fresh receiver running a long route. Moss did return on fourth down, but Todd Bouman's pass wasn't thrown his way.
* There are some questions as to whether Cris Carter will retire after this season. If he does, Sunday's game with Jacksonville will be the last home game of his career.
* The Vikings made a presentation to the state's stadium task force, laying out a detailed plan for what it expects of the stadium outlook. The plan to spend $259 million comes from the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, but the Vikings believe the cost will exceed $350 million. Seeing the Vikings and NFL are willing to put up $150 million to build a $500 million retractable roof football stadium that will take the Vikings ahead for the next 30 years, the cost figures of $350 million are about the same for funding a new stadium as opposed to putting a Band-Aid on an obsolete facility like the Metrodome -- built very cheaply in 1982. The Vikings said there are several problems with the MSFC's cost estimates, which include removing the Metrodome's roof to increase seating capacity and luxury suite construction and replacing the roof, the likelihood that the Vikings and Gophers would be displaced from the Metrodome for a year during construction and that the MSFC has overestimated the revenue potential derived from the improved Metrodome.
* VU has been told Todd Bouman won't practice Wednesday, instead letting Spergon Wynn and Romaro Miller take most of the snaps. Miller was officially signed Tuesday and punter/kickoff specialist Mitch Berger placed on injured reserve.
Culpepper to Have Surgery Thursday
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