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Minn. QB Culpepper May Need Surgery

December 16, 2001

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PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) _ Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper will probably need to undergo arthroscopic surgery this week on a sprained left knee that kept him out of the Vikings 27-24 loss to Detroit on Sunday.

``It’s a small scope, not a big deal at all,″ Minnesota coach Dennis Green said. ``Whether it’s a 10-day injury or a two-week injury, you never know.″

Culpepper injured his knee in a loss to Chicago on Nov. 25, but started the following week against Pittsburgh before leaving the game because of the injury.

Todd Bouman started in his place for a second straight week, but was unable to match the 348-yard, four-touchdown performance he had in last Sunday’s win over Tennessee. Bouman was 18-of-38 for 243 yards with two touchdowns and two first-half interceptions in his second NFL start.

Culpepper had been expected to play this week after sitting out last week. He began the week listed as probable, but was downgraded to doubtful after his knee was still swelling and sore after taking some snaps on Wednesday and Thursday. He sat out of Friday’s practice and was officially listed as inactive.

This season, Culpepper has completed 64.2 percent of his passes, which ties Fran Tarkenton’s franchise record set in 1975. He threw for 2,612 yards with 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions and ran for 417 yards and five touchdowns.

Last year, Culpepper threw for nearly 4,000 yards with 33 touchdowns and 16 interceptions and rushed for 470 yards and seven touchdowns.

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