Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears linebacker Dom DeCicco against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cardinals 28-13. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dom DeCicco is Scheduled for Hip Surgery

Dom DeCicco’s long-shot quest to win a roster spot as a linebacker with the Vikings took what will likely prove to be a fatal hit with the news that he must undergo a surgical procedure on his hip.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said DeCicco will get the surgery on Thursday and after that…anybody’s guess (via ESPN.com):

DeCicco’s return timetable is not certain, according to Zimmer.

“I don’t know, we’ll have to see after the procedure,” Zimmer said.

DeCicco was at one time thought of as a possible heir-apparent to Brian Urlacher in Chicago but injuries ended that notion, and DeCicco ended up being let go by Chicago.

The Vikings picked the ex-Bear up earlier this offseason to help with their linebacker/special teams depth. Even with all the uncertainty at linebacker, DeCicco was never able to put himself in serious consideration for a future role with the team.

Mike Zimmer may be taking a wait-and-see approach in his public statements about DeCicco but that’s just good form by the coach. It was fun having you, DeCicco. Enjoy your fruit basket or whatever.

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