EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings right tackle Mike Rosenthal is likely out for the year with a broken right foot, and season-ending surgery was recommended Tuesday for tight end Jim Kleinsasser's injured right knee.
Rosenthal was hurt in Monday night's game at Philadelphia -- as
was tight end Jermaine Wiggins, who will miss two to three weeks
with a broken left hand.
Kleinsasser sought a second opinion from renowned Alabama
surgeon Dr. James Andrews, coach Mike Tice said. The team wasn't
ready yet to put Rosenthal or Kleinsasser on injured reserve, where
cornerback Ken Irvin landed last week with a ruptured right
Rosenthal, who signed a six-year contract extension worth about
$15 million on Sept. 11, was hurt in the second quarter against the
Eagles and replaced by Adam Haayer. Haayer and promising rookie Nat Dorsey willboth play this week against the Bears, but Rosenthal is
a tough loss.
"I told him it wasn't career-ending and it wasn't
life-threatening and that we don't have to cut his foot off," Tice
said. "You try to keep him as lighthearted as you can."
Kleinsasser, who signed a five-year contract worth $15 million
in March, is an even bigger blow. One of Minnesota's best run
blockers and a reliable receiver, Kleinsasser sustained damage to
his anterior cruciate ligament in the season opener against Dallas.
With Wiggins out, rookies Richard Owens and Jeff Dugan are the
remaining tight ends. John Paul Foschi, an undrafted free agent
from Georgia Tech who was a final cut by the New Jork Jets, will be
signed to the practice squad.
The Vikings do have some good news this week. Defensive end
Kenny Mixon is back from a two-game, alcohol-related suspension.
Running back Michael Bennett will resume practicing on his
sprained right knee, though he probably won't return to action
until the Oct. 10 game at Houston after their bye week.
Running back Moe Williams, a short-yardage specialist who missed
Monday's game with a sprained right ankle, will be listed as
questionable for this Sunday's game against Chicago and should
"He looked pretty good this morning," Tice said.