Pain Has Culpepper Looking To Future

While Daunte Culpepper is disappointed he won't be playing Sunday against the Vikings, he revealed that a "sharp pain" persists in his knee and that his season might be done.

Dolphins quarterback Daunte Culpepper spoke to the media for the first time in nearly a month Thursday and revealed that it is truly painful that he'll be unable to play against his former Vikings teammates Sunday.

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.


  • DT Dan Wilkinson will share snaps with Jeff Zgonina in place of injured starter Keith Traylor (knee). The two will hope to plug the holes as well as Traylor does in an effort to contain nicked-up Vikings RB Chester Taylor.

  • LG Kendyl Jacox will take the place of Jeno James (knee) on an improving offensive line that has seemingly jelled since LT Damion McIntosh and RG L.J. Shelton swapped positions four games ago.

  • RB Ronnie Brown (groin) didn't participate in team practice Thursday for the second consecutive day, but he did some running on the side and ran some simulated drills. All signs point to him playing Sunday.

  • RB Sammy Morris may have to pick up the slack in case RB Ronnie Brown's carries are curtailed due to a groin injury. Morris had his best game of the season last week against the Chiefs, as he gained 37 multi-purpose yards.

  • LG Toniu Fonoti, a recent acquisition, may rotate with Kendyl Jacox or even replace him if Jacox is struggling against the Vikings' front four.

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