I believe the new AFS VR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF is the only lens that has a removable tripod foot in this focal range. With the 80-200mm you cannot remove it.
The question is what type of head you are planning on using, which will determine the type of quick release plates you use. For example, I use a Kirk BH-1 ballhead, which accepts Arca Swiss type release plates. For the plates, I prefer the ones made by Really Right Stuff (www.reallyrightstuff.com
) because they have a stop screw that can save you every now and then from a lens sliding off the mount. I think the B69 is the lens plate that will fit the 80-200mm.
Or perhaps you are looking to do without a head completely? In that case, you can do it, but it's just a hassle if you want to change lenses. I personally use a tripod (Gitzo 1228), which because if it's light weight can double-up as a monopod if I collapse two legs.
In essense, your use of the lens and the type of photography will determine the best way for you to mount your lens.
Hope this doesn't confuse you.