Chapman Hospitalized

The Vikings got another medical scare late Monday when running back Doug Chapman was admitted to an Edina hospital in critical condition.

When Doug Chapman was injured in Sunday's loss to the Jets, the initial diagnosis was a hip pointer. However, Chapman woke up Monday night with severe pain his abdomen and, after consulting with team officials, was rushed to Fairveiw-Southdale Hospital where he remains today.

Chapman was diagnosed with internal bleeding and, upon his arrival, was listed in critical condition. Early fears were that the bleeding could be coming from a lacerated kidney, which could have been life-threatening.

Those fears were put to rest as it was discovered the bleeding wasn't coming from Chapman's kidneys and doctors were able to stop the bleeding. While Chapman is expected to make a full recovery, he is expected to miss at least a month of action and the team may consider placing him on injured reserve.

TUESDAY NOTES
* Conflicting reports are coming out on the progress of signing rookie Bryant McKinnie. While some sources tell VU the communication between the two sides is improving and that there is some optimism among Vikings staff that a deal will be done, VU has also been told that Red McCombs is talking about dropping McKinnie's signing bonus even farther. No word yet from McKinnie's people if the Vikings' latest offer is a reduced one or not.
* The Vikings ownership question has left Daunte Culpepper's contract situation hanging. With the team still considerably under the salary cap, for the long-term good of the team, it would be ideal to get a new contract signed before the end of the season, so the cap hit can be spread out farther. However, VU has been told no negotiations have been initiated by McCombs or the Vikings on Culpepper's contract status. He can become a free agent after the 2003 season under his current contract.
* After earning his starting job back, D'Wayne Bates remained hobbled Monday and will likely be listed as doubtful when the Vikings release their initial injury report Wednesday.
* The Vikings continue to have the league's fourth-rated offense, but that is done by yardage. In terms of scoring, the Vikings are 13th, due in large part to a league-worst 20 turnovers in six games -- an average of more than three per game.

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