Burleson Gets Second Opinion

Vikings wide receiver Nate Burleson sought a second opinion on his injured knee Tuesday at the world-famous Mayo Clinic.

There are several ways to spend an off-day, but Nate Burleson's was both unusual and potentially troubling for Vikings fans.

Looking for reassurance to the severity of his injury, Burleson went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester to get a second opinion. The results of those tests weren't immediately available.

The Vikings' medical team diagnosed the injury Monday as a ligament strain -- clearly a problem but not as severe as it would be if there was a tear, which would likely cut short his 2005 season.

Burleson is expected to miss at least this week's game with the Saints. No timetable is currently set for when he is expected to return to the starting lineup. VU will follow up on the Mayo Clinic tests and pass along the results when we get the word from the Vikings or Burleson himself.

* For those who wondered why the Vikings would be talking a retractable roof stadium when Zygi Wilf had never entertained that thought before, VU has been told the roof was a compromise between the two sides. Wilf said he favored an open-air stadium, but Anoka County officials want a facility that can be used year-round. The option of a roof was viewed as compromise for both sides.
* The injury news on Darren Sharper has improved. Coach Mike Tice said the injury to Sharper's knee is doing "great" but wouldn't elaborate on his status for Sunday. If Sharper can't play, he will be replaced in the starting lineup by Willie Offord.
* The news isn't as a good for LB E.J. Henderson, who was in a cast Tuesday for a high right ankle sprain. Due to the nature of such sprains, it could be a problem for weeks, since such injuries rarely heal quickly. While Henderson is sidelined, Dontarrious Thomas will move into his starting spot.
* According to ESPN's website, the Vikings did a second cut-and-sign with Koren Robinson. The move was described as a paperwork matter. Robinson is expected to be activated for Sunday's game and get time as a kick returner as well as in offensive packages.

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