Culpepper: "I Am Fine"

While not related at all, Daunte Culpepper's exodus from Miami may have been hastened by his car crash Wednesday in South Florida. Already precluded from taking part in full-team workouts, the potential of Pepp being injured and somehow coming up lame on team grounds could actually be what gets the team moving in ridding itself of the former Vikings quarterback.

Daunte Culpepper was philosophical about his minor injuries following a two-car crash in Florida Wednesday night. While an injury to his left (non-throwing) hand was deemed minor, his biggest concern seemed to be with his vintage car.

"My heart is broke," Culpepper said in a Thursday e-mail. "A guy rear-ended my 1975 convertible Caprice Classic. I had just got a new paint job."

While glib, the accident may further cement the chasm between Culpepper and the Dolphins. One of the primary reasons that Culpepper was forbidden to fully participate in the Dolphins' minicamp practices was the fear that he could injure himself and the team would be on the hook for his $5.5 million salary. While clearly his accident is non-football in nature, if he was on the anticipated 2007 roster, the team could face a contract hit if he wasn't 100 percent.

The accident took place in a rainstorm Wednesday night. Culpepper had pulled off the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs, Fla. with what were termed in the police report as "checking mechanical problems." As he attempted to pull back onto the highway, he was struck from behind by another car.

The other driver, Gary Wolfe, was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Avalanche, and according to the report, said Culpepper was driving too slow and didn't have his lights on. Culpepper contends he not only had his lights on, he had his hazard lights still blinking when he merged back into traffic.

Culpepper and his passenger in his vehicle – identified as Larry Tucker – were transported to Coral Springs Medical Center, where Culpepper had X-rays taken of his hand.

In his e-mail statement, Culpepper said, "I am fine. I had a minor contusion (on my left hand). The X-rays were negative."

Whether any charges will be filed against either driver remains unclear while Florida Highway Patrol officials continue to investigate the incident.

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