Culpepper Ahead of Schedule

This was the last scene Vikings fans ever saw of Daunte Culpepper wearing a Vikings uniform. How long will it be until we see him in a Dolphins uniform in game action? Maybe sooner than you think.

A week after the Vikings attempted to address their growing need at quarterback in light of the trade that sent Daunte Culpepper to the Dolphins, fans have been somewhat frustrated with how the Vikings have approached the QB position.

You have some who believe the Vikes never should have traded Culpepper. You have others that say he should be gone, but for more than just a second-round pick. There are others who think the Vikings should have packaged draft picks to move up to grab Matt Leinart or Jay Cutler. And still others who think the team reached for Tarvaris Jackson.

With all the second-guessing going on, it may not come as good news that Dr. James Andrews, the renown Alabama surgeon who did Culpepper's knee surgery, has given him an A+ grade on his knee rehabilitation.

Andrews said the progress of healing is ahead of schedule and that Culpepper is doing as well as can be expected six months after surgery.

Head coach Nick Saban said that Culpepper is taking part in just about every aspect of the team's offseason workout program, but declined to speculate when he expects to see Culpepper on the field in game action.

* The Vikings have put Chad Greenway jerseys on sale in hopes that, with Randy Moss and Culpepper gone, he can become the new face of the franchise.
* Reggie Bush jerseys have taken in almost half a million pre-orders in his first week in the NFL -- more than double the amount of Mario Williams jerseys being purchased by fans.
* There is a growing sentiment that when the Vikings finally replace Fran Foley, it will be with Scott Studwell.
* The Senate is likely to vote on a combined Vikings-Twins stadium bill Monday.

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