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Updated: August 23rd, 2011 10:39pm
Scott Kooistra undergoes successful spinal-cord surgery, agent says

Scott Kooistra undergoes successful spinal-cord surgery, agent says

by Tom Pelissero
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Minnesota Vikings offensive lineman Scott Kooistra underwent successful surgery for his spinal-cord injury on Tuesday, according to his agent, who said they're "praying for a full recovery."

Kooistra, 30, was injured in the second quarter of Saturday's preseason game at Seattle when he collided with Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry on a block.

He stayed in the game for another three snaps before exiting with the rest of the Vikings' first-string offensive line, then landed in the hospital with what agent Joe Linta said was believed to be an injury to the C-2 vertebra near the top of Kooistra's neck.

As of Monday night, Kooistra was in stable condition with full movement in all of his appendages, Linta said. He underwent an MRI on Tuesday and had surgery by day's end.

The concern for now is for Kooistra's health. But his football future is in doubt, too, just days after the career backup played well enough to put himself in the conversation for the Vikings' starting right guard job.

"He really has had a fantastic camp," Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. "He brings an element of toughness to our team that we very much desire."

The Vikings placed Kooistra on injured reserve on Monday. Anthony Herrera, Ryan Cook and Chris DeGeare are candidates to play right guard.

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