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Culpepper misses practice again, named Offensive Player of the Month

Updated: October 2, 2003, 8:38 PM ET

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Daunte Culpepper missed his second straight practice Thursday, increasing the probability that Gus Frerotte will start this weekend when undefeated Minnesota visits Atlanta.

The Vikings (4-0) have a bye next weekend, which would give their star quarterback more time to heal after breaking three small bones -- another one was partially fractured -- in his lower back Sept. 21 against Detroit.

Coach Mike Tice had said that Frerotte would start against the Falcons ...

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