Culpepper Honored By NFL

Daunte Culpepper was rewarded by the NFL for his outstanding game Sunday with a midweek honor.

By and large, the 2002 season for Daunte Culpepper has been a disappointment. However, he got word Tuesday that his performance against the Saints Sunday was more than worthy of note.

Culpepper was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week Tuesday. The award recognizes individual excellence and his numbers were deserving. Not only did Culpepper snap a personal 20-game drought without a 300-yard passing day, but he threw for two touchdowns, ran in two TDs and scored the game's final points by running in a two-point conversion.

The award is given out weekly to players on offense, defense and special teams from both conferences.

* Kelly Campbell sat out practice Tuesday with an injury being described as turf toe. He is going to be listed as questionable on the team's injury report.
* Two other injured Vikings -- LB Henri Crockett and RB Moe Williams -- returned to practice Tuesday and the team is hopeful they will be ready for Saturday's game.
* In other injury news, Miami starting CB Patrick Surtain didn't practice Tuesday with a heel injury. While he is expected to play Saturday, if he isn't at 100 percent, the Vikings may look at attacking his side of the field in the passing game.
* The Vikings offense is currently ranked third in the NFL, behind only Oakland and Kansas City. However, the defense is still ranked 29th, ahead of only Seattle, Arizona and Kansas City.
* A huge matchup to watch Saturday will be rookie Bryant McKinnie against Miami's Jason Taylor. McKinnie has shown improvement each week, but Taylor leads the NFL with 17 sacks.

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