Chris Kluwe has left knee cleaned up, should be ready for offseason
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Chris Kluwe is expected to be ready for offseason workouts after undergoing surgery on Thursday to clean out debris in his left knee.
Kluwe grossed 45.0 yards on 72 punts and posted a career-best net average of 39.7 despite being listed on the injury report with the injury to his non-kicking leg beginning in early November.
"Should be a 2 week rehab," Kluwe said in a text message. "They cleaned out some cartilage that was flopping around."
The Vikings signed punter T.J. Conley off the street on Jan. 9, but Kluwe, 31, remains the favorite for the job. He is due to make $1.4 million in base salary next season, plus a $50,000 workout bonus.
The only other Vikings player known to be slated for postseason surgery is end Jared Allen, who was expected to have a torn labrum in his left shoulder repaired after playing in Sunday's Pro Bowl.
Receiver Percy Harvin, who finished the season on injured reserve with a ligament tear in his left ankle, did not need surgery and recently returned to Minnesota for an exit physical. Harvin underwent an emergency appendectomy on Dec. 15 and has recovered from that as well.