Udeze Out For the Year

Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze had more damage to his knee than initially thought and, following surgery Wednesday, will be lost for the season.

When Kenechi Udeze went down with a knee injury in the game against the Saints, it was initially thought he might miss a couple of games. When swelling persisted, fears were heightened to the point that the team scheduled surgery in Denver Wednesday. The results were worse than hoped.

The team is expected to announce today that Udeze is out for the year after surgery to repair a chondral defect (cartilage damage) to the meniscus in his left knee.

Udeze was slowed last year with a shoulder injury that he suffered in college and brought with him to the NFL. While he played in 15 games, his production dropped and big things were expected this year. But, clearly, those hopes will have to be put on hold.

* Zygi Wilf's endorsement of Mike Tice shouldn't be taken as lip service. From those who have known Wilf for years, he's known for being a man of his word, so unless the team quits on Tice, Wilf won't quit on him.
* Although it's much too late in the season for position battles, as the Vikings return to practice today, two spots will be up for grabs on the offensive line. Adam Goldberg is challenging starter Marcus Johnson at guard and Melvin Fowler is pushing Cory Withrow at center. By the time the Vikings take the field next Sunday against the Bears, the Vikes could easily have two new starters.

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