Weinke an option for Vikings
St. Paul Pioneer Press (scroll down) (registration required): "With Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper's status for next season uncertain because of upcoming knee reconstruction, Carolina Panthers backup Chris Weinke, who is from St. Paul and can become an unrestricted free agent at season's end, would seem a worthwhile consideration... Don't think the Detroit Lions, who play the Vikings on Sunday at the Metrodome, aren't already interested in Matt Birk if the Vikings try to restructure the Pro Bowl center's $3.94 million 2006 contract and he becomes a free agent."
* The Vikings have a short list of candidates to look at for competition for Hill at No. 2. The list includes Doug Johnson, Jeff George, Jesse Palmer and Jonathan Quinn.
* Fred Smoot had an MRI done Monday that showed a bruised right shoulder -- and a partially torn ego.