[size=18px]Vikings' Birk fit and rested[/size]
BY CHARLEY WALTERS
Four-time Pro Bowl center Matt Birk of the Vikings, who missed the season with a torn labrum in his left hip that was surgically repaired last September, said Thursday that if the 2006 season began today, he would be ready to play.
"I'm ready to go right now," said Birk, who is under contract for $3.94 million next season and has been rehabilitating regularly. "I'll never know until I get out there, but that's the way I feel."