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NFL REPORT / Vikings' Culpepper Injured

The mood among the Minnesota Vikings already was low yesterday, then Daunte

Culpepper walked in with a cast on his right foot.

The Pro Bowl quarterback is attempting to make a quick recovery from a

sprained ankle. Culpepper had an MRI after the Vikings' second loss in a row,

33-28 to the Green Bay Packers. The cast comes off tomorrow, when he will be

re-evaluated.

Though Culpepper has not been ruled out for the Vikings' game Sunday in

Indianapolis, the injury typically requires as long as a month to heal.

"It's a regular-season game, not the playoffs," coach Dennis Green said.

"We have to do everything we can do to get Daunte healthy. If that's 1-2 weeks,

that's what it's got to be."

Culpepper has never missed a game because of injury at any level.

Bubby Brister is being prepared to step in for Culpepper. Brister started

four games in 1998 for an injured John Elway during the Denver Broncos' Super

Bowl run.

Cards Give McGinnis 4 Years

Dave McGinnis, 1-7 as the interim coach, signed on for four years as head

coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Owner Bill Bidwill said the team will be

rebuilt the way McGinnis wants.

Aikman Might Return for Finale

Troy Aikman could play in the Dallas Cowboys' season finale against

Tennessee. "We're going to continue to evaluate Troy," coach Dave Campo said.

"He has not been ruled out yet."

Aikman suffered his second concussion of the season and 10th of his career

a week ago. The quarterback worked out yesterday, but did not speak to

reporters.

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