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Scott Kooistra has successful spinal surgery

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Vikings offensive lineman Scott Kooistra, who was lost for the season with a serious neck injury in last week’s preseason game, had successful surgery on Tuesday.

Kooistra’s agent, Joe Linta, told Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com that Kooistra is now recovering from surgery. It’s too early to say whether the 30-year-old Kooistra will ever be able to play football again.

Kooistra suffered the injury to his C-2 vertebra in a collision with Seahawks linebacker Aaron Curry and actually stayed on the field for three more plays before going to the sideline.

Although he’s been a backup for his entire career, Kooistra had played well in training camp, was in the starting lineup for the Seahawks game and had a good chance of being a starter for the Vikings in the regular season.

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14 Responses to “Scott Kooistra has successful spinal surgery”
  1. monctonvike says: Aug 24, 2011 7:31 AM

    Football aside best wishes in his recovery , that could have been much worse

  2. rugdog100 says: Aug 24, 2011 8:25 AM

    Best of luck, Scott.

  3. vikingdoode says: Aug 24, 2011 8:34 AM

    damn….glad your able to walk and go to the bathroom on your own….the simple parts of life.

    good luck

  4. rapeortabuse says: Aug 24, 2011 9:07 AM

    And I thought I was a badass for finishing a game with a broken finger

  5. axespray says: Aug 24, 2011 9:11 AM

    Glad he’s doing okay, get well soon Scott.

  6. l6ozbud says: Aug 24, 2011 9:36 AM

    Former Bengal and GOOD guy! Good luck Kooistra…

  7. chadmurdigan says: Aug 24, 2011 9:56 AM

    I hope he retires right now because going out on the field again after this kind of surgery at his age is not smart or at all forward thinking. Very few guys ever recover 100% from spinal or neck surgery. Scary stuff.

  8. gdeli says: Aug 24, 2011 10:06 AM

    Going on the field at all is too dangerous. A violent collision sport dang. get well bud.

  9. brewdogg says: Aug 24, 2011 10:12 AM

    Glad to hear it. You dodged a bullet there, buddy. Do yourself a favor and talk to Mike Utley before you strap it on again. Go live your life now, knowing that you did what very few have ever done.

  10. tombradyswig says: Aug 24, 2011 10:55 AM

    First glance of the picture, I thought it was Donkey Kong!!

    Kidding aside…. Get well Scott!

  11. purpwalk says: Aug 24, 2011 11:15 AM

    that’s good to hear
    good luck to him

  12. thephantomstranger says: Aug 24, 2011 11:32 AM

    tombradyswig says:
    Aug 24, 2011 10:55 AM
    First glance of the picture, I thought it was Donkey Kong!!

    Kidding asideā€¦. Get well Scott!
    ___________

    As of 11:31 AM ET, the comments on this post were 256 thumbs up, 1 thumb down. Congratulations on being the one.

  13. johnsticle says: Aug 24, 2011 12:42 PM

    There has to be some Vikings fans on here that follow The Power Trip morning show on KFAN… and to those select few… I have to ask.

    Doesn’t this guy look a bit like Paul “Meat Sauce” Lambert?

  14. vikefan says: Aug 24, 2011 3:05 PM

    best wishes for a speedy recovery and doing whatever you choose afterwards.

    ……..and if u dont have something nice to say STFU!!

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