Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper could miss the rest of the season after injuring his right knee against Carolina, Coach Mike Tice said.
"The quarterback doesn't appear to be in good shape," Tice said. "I'm not a doctor, but the initial tests are not good. It doesn't appear that it's going to be anything that we as Vikings will want to hear.
"Things happen that are devastating. This certainly, if it's as serious as it appears, is devastating to our football team."
Culpepper ran for an 18-yard gain on the final play of the first quarter when he was hit by multiple defenders. Carolina cornerback Chris Gamble came in from the side and tackled Culpepper's leg, and he immediately grabbed his knee.
Culpepper was helped off the field and taken to a cart for the ride into the locker room. The team initially said he sprained his knee.
Culpepper was on crutches with a heavy brace around his knee after the game and said he wouldn't know anything until after undergoing an MRI exam today.
* FAN INTERFERENCE: The Cincinnati Bengals will reassess their security measures after a fan ran onto the field and disrupted a potential game-tying drive by the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers, trailing 21-14, reached the Bengals 28 with 23 seconds left. Brett Favre took the ensuing snap, but whistles quickly blew after the fan came onto the field. The unidentified man took the football out of Favre's hand and ran about 50 yards before being tackled by security guards and removed from the field.
* RICE SENT HOME: Tampa Bay defensive end Simeon Rice was deactivated and sent home before the Buccaneers' game at San Francisco for an undisclosed violation of club policy. Tampa Bay General Manager Bruce Allen refused to comment on reports Rice missed a team meeting before the game but said Rice wasn't suspended.
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