Culpepper Vows He's On His Way to Full Recovery

Quarterback Daunte Culpepper said in an e-mail sent to reporters who cover the Miami Dolphins that he expects to resume football activities next month and eventually recover fully from the knee injuries that have derailed his career.

"I have been frustrated since last year about the way that my injury and rehab have been portrayed," Culpepper wrote. "I want to take this opportunity to clear things up."

Culpepper said that when he first hurt his knee late in 2005 season while with the Minnesota Vikings, he was told to expect a recovery period of 12 to 18 months. He was less than fully healthy when he returned to play for the Dolphins at the outset of last season, he said, and suffered a different injury to the knee while being tackled during a game.

He disagreed with former Dolphins coach Nick Saban's decision to remove him from the lineup to focus on his rehabilitation, he said, but now realizes that it was the best thing for him. He underwent surgery to repair the new injury and was told to expect a recovery period of four to six months, he said. He said he has been told to "ease into things" after May 1.

"I must say based on how I feel, I am right on schedule," Culpepper wrote. "It may not meet the timeframe of some people[']s expectations, and if not I understand. I just won't let those expectations cause me to make the same mistake again. I plan on playing at a high level for a lot longer in this league, so I want to do what is necessary to get healthy and stay healthy."

The Dolphins reportedly plan to trade or release Culpepper if they're able to obtain quarterback Trent Green in a proposed trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. There has been speculation that the Oakland Raiders could sign Culpepper.

By Mark Maske |  April 27, 2007; 10:12 AM ET  | Category:  Dolphins
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