Udeze Well Ahead of Schedule

When Kenechi Udeze was forced to have controversial microfracture surgery on his knee last year, it was thought he might be lost until the start of the regular season at the earliest. Instead, he's back and looking good at minicamp.

The track record of players from any sport returning at full health from microfracture surgery is iffy at best. Careers have been ended for both football and basketball players that have undergone the controversial procedure.

But we may not want to add Kenechi Udeze's name to that list just yet. Udeze, who had microfracture surgery on his knee last October, was expected to be out until the end of training camp. But his progress has been so good, he has been cleared to play and reclaim his starting left defensive end position.

Only time will tell if Udeze beats the odds and comes back 100 percent from the injury, but he has heads shaking in a good way thusfar.

* Chris Kluwe is expected to serve as the holder on kicks for the Vikings. Brad Childress has made it clear he doesn't want to risk Brad Johnson being injured as a holder.
* Willie Offord is sitting out this minicamp with a knee injury. He's expected back for the May 12-14 minicamp.
* Mewelde Moore is out of this weekend's minicamp with a hand injury. No timetable on his return is set.
* The Vikings had an offer of a second-round pick rejected by the Falcons in hopes of signing Matt Schaub. The Falcons are holding out for the Vikings' first-round pick.
* Zygi Wilf indicated Saturday that the Vikings might be willing to bring back Onterrio Smith. His year-long supsension ends next month.

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