Minnesota Vikings extend training camp to three weeks

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings will have a longer training camp this year, the team said Wednesday.

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Players will report to Minnesota State University in Mankato on July 26 and break camp three weeks later on Aug. 16. This will be the 47th straight season the Vikings train at MSU.

Specific practice dates and times have not yet been finalized, but this will be the longest training camp for the Vikings since a three-week stay in 2008.

Counting the number of days from the first to the last open-to-the-public practices, the Vikings were in Mankato for 14 days or fewer in each of the last three years. Last season, the NFL lockout cut into camp time and the Vikings were only on the field there from Aug. 1 to 11.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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