Culpepper Acknowledges Injury

Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper is off to the worst start of his pro career, but a knee injury has finally been listed as one of the reasons.

For most of the season, Daunte Culpepper hasn't discussed a knee problem that has been hampering his performance. Monday, on the heels of the third loss in four games to open the season, Culpepper admitted that his knee injury is partially to blame for his ineffectiveness.

Culpepper admitted that he has a strained medial collateral ligament in his right knee as well as bursitis, which has led to his inability to play pain-free.

VU has been told the surgery isn't needed at this time and Culpepper said Monday that he's willing to play through the pain as long as he can.

* Mike Tice was 45 minutes late for his scheduled press conference, lending to some speculation that he might have been fired -- a rumor that picked up speed on local sports talk radio. Instead, he had a meeting with players that went long, but admitted that he's deserving of the heat he's getting.
"If I'm not doing my job, they should call for my head," Tice said. "Right now, I'm not doing my job because we're 1-3."
* Kenechi Udeze is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery Wednesday for his ailing knee.
* According to offensive coordinator Steve Loney, only three of the nine sacks of Culpepper Sunday were the result of offensive line mistakes.
* The Vikings expect Nate Burleson, Darren Sharper and Lance Johnstone to all be in uniform for the next game at Chicago.

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