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Updated: February 22nd, 2012 10:12am
Scott Kooistra 'recovering well,' hopes to return from serious injury

Scott Kooistra 'recovering well,' hopes to return from serious injury

by Tom Pelissero
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Scott Kooistra hopes to resume his NFL career, but it's still soon to say if he'll make it all the way back from a spinal-cord injury.

Kooistra underwent surgery on Aug. 23, three days after a collision with Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry in a preseason game at Seattle left him with what was believed to be an injury to the C-2 vertebra at the top of his neck.

The Minnesota Vikings placed him on injured reserve, ending Kooistra's season only days after he'd played his way into a shot to start at right guard.

Agent Joe Linta said in an email on Tuesday that Kooistra is "(r)ecovering well and would love to play and that will depend upon the doctors giving him clearance, which he doesn't have yet."

Kooistra, 31, signed a one-year deal with the Vikings in July and can become an unrestricted free agent next month.

The Madison, Wis., native has appeared in 84 NFL games, starting one over eight seasons with Cincinnati (2003 to '09). He spent 2010 with Baltimore.

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