The question as to whether Matt Birk could have played through the pain of an injury to the labrum in left hip was made moot earlier this year when the Vikings declined to guarantee his 2006 salary in order for him to get through this season playing by taking pain-killing shots. Wednesday, Birk's long rehab process began all over again.
Birk had successful surgery in New York City Wednesday. There were no reports of complications or further damage reported.
Birk's absence was felt last Sunday as the Vikings lost the season opener to the Buccaneers and center Cory Withrow was overwhelmed at times by former Viking Chris Hovan.
* Koren Robinson was sentenced to 50 hours of community service Wednesday in a Washington courtroom. As part of the decision, it was determined the community service must be done in the next three months, but can be done in Minnesota.
* Erasmus James was sent to a doctor after suffering symptoms similar to that of mononucleosis. James, who was deactivated last week, is said to be feeling considerably better this week and will likely be active.
* On the early injury report, the Vikings have Bryant McKinnie (left foot) and Sam Cowart (calf) listed as probable. McKinnie is expected to play, while Cowart could be a game-time decision.
* You just knew Fred Smoot couldn't let Chad Johnson's big mouth get one up on him. He responded to Johnson's comments that he's going to come after Smoot by saying he intends to cover Johnson regardless of where he lines up all day Sunday and is prepared to shut the Pro Bowler down.
Birk Has Successful Surgery
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