However, it was another pain that was far more newsworthy, as Culpepper revealed that he is still experiencing problems with his surgically repaired right knee.
"Right now, I'm at a point in my patella, I get a sharp pain when I'm trying to push off," said Culpepper, who will miss his sixth straight game Sunday. "If I can get past that point, I think I could be very explosive. But I also want to get to 100 percent so I can be effective and be a dominating player."
Culpepper doesn't think he needs more surgery, but he is hopeful the pain will subside once he strengthens the surrounding quadriceps muscles.
Culpepper has come to realize that it might not be prudent to play again this season.
"I'd be disappointed, but at the same time I've got to keep my eye on the big picture," he said. "It's really not about short term, it's about long term."
Culpepper said that he's tired of character assassination statements being spread by the new Vikings regime.
"I really wish that everybody up there would stop talking about me in a negative sense because I was in no way anything negative about that organization," he said.
"I really wish that any misinformation that's out there they would stop fueling that because it really makes no sense."
Culpepper may have been referring pre-trade statements made by first-year Vikings coach Brad Childress, who compared him to Terrell Owens for being more about "me" than the team.
On Wednesday, Childress said his issues with Culpepper are "water over the bridge," and he'd rather not address them anymore.
"I (sympathize with him) from the standpoint that he's been a good football player and it's probably killing him not to be able to play the game that he wants to be able to play, and I'm sure he's working hard to put himself back into position where he can do those things," Childress said.