[size=18px]Vikings: Culpepper to continue rehab in Florida[/size]

Judd Zulgad, Star Tribune
Last update: December 1, 2005 at 8:28 PM

Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper will head home to Orlando next Thursday to continue rehabilitation on his injured right knee.

Culpepper, who tore the anterior cruciate, medial collateral and posterior cruciate ligaments on Oct. 30, has been rehabilitating at Winter Park in recent weeks. He will work with a Florida-based physical therapist recommended by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on Culpepper on Nov. 15.

The Vikings, of course, will keep close tabs on him, and Culpepper will return to the Twin Cities for occasional checkups. "We'll be in contact with [the facility in Florida] on a day-to-day basis," said Chuck Barta, the Vikings' head athletic trainer.

Other than a statement issued Tuesday evening, Culpepper has not addressed the media since the injury. Vikings coach Mike Tice speculated last month that Culpepper probably was "depressed," but he seemed much more positive about the quarterback's mind-set on Thursday.

"He is doing really well," Tice said. "His body language is great. He is working extremely hard. I'm sure his rehab will come along much faster than others who have the same type of injury because he is such a warrior."

Tice went on to say that Culpepper's "spirits are great. He is in a tremendous mood." Tice and his wife, Diane, plan to spend this afternoon with Culpepper and his wife, Kim.