Vikings delay decision on Mankato training camp

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  • July 18, 2011 - 11:45 AM

The Vikings and Minnesota State University have delayed today's decision on whether the team will hold training camp in Mankato.

The team set a deadline of July 18 about a month ago to make the call on whether it would hold training camp in Mankato, because of uncertainty with the NFL lockout.

With progress being made on the collective bargaining agreement, the decision to scotch that deadline was reached.

It appears the end of the lockout is possible as soon as this week, with negotiations on the CBA continuing. Jeff Anderson, the Vikings assistant director of public affairs, said no new deadline has been established because the situation is so fluid.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said in June that if the lockout ends the team will report to camp on July 31. If the Vikings don't hold training camp in Mankato, all preseason workouts would likely be at Winter Park.

This would be the Vikings 46th year of conducting camp in Mankato.

"We have a strong tradition of having camp in Mankato and we have a great relationship with Minnesota State University and the Mankato community," Anderson said. "Coach Frazier and the Wilfs want to do everything possible to be in Mankato. They are really committed to this and trying to get down there."

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