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Vikings to host joint practices with Jaguars Aug. 15-16

Two conference finalists with the top two defenses from 2017 will come together when the Vikings host the Jacksonville Jaguars for two days of joint practices prior to the teams’ preseason game at U.S. Bank Stadium on Aug. 18.

The practices will be held Aug. 15-16 at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center in Eagan. They are open and free to the public, but will require fans to reserve tickets in advance on Vikings.com.

It’s the first time the Vikings have hosted joint practices since 2007 in Mankato.

The Vikings and Jaguars lost in the conference title games a season ago. During the regular season, the Vikings ranked first in points allowed (15.8) and yards allowed (275.9). The Jaguars were second in both categories, allowing 16.8 points and 286.1 yards per game.

Training camp will open with rookies reporting July 24. The veterans report July 27. Camp is expected to be open to the public through the Jaguars preseason game. Tickets for all practices are free, but, due to high demand and limited seating, will need to be reserved at Vikings.com.

Vikings sign defensive tackle David Parry

The Vikings signed defensive tackle David Parry, a two-year starter for the Colts (2015-16), and released defensive tackle Dylan Bradley on Wednesday.

Parry avoided jail time and was suspended by the NFL for four games after an incident in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was charged with a felony on Feb. 25, 2017 after stealing a golf cart that was used as a street taxi. He also was charged with DUI and resisting arrest, as a widely viewed police video showed.

Parry was on the Saints practice squad last season before being activated for one game, then placed on injured reserve.

He played two full seasons, starting every game, for the Indianapolis Colts, who released him in final roster cuts last year.

He has four sacks and eight tackles for loss in his NFL career, which started when he was drafted by the Colts in the fifth round (151st overall) in 2015 out of Stanford.

Parry, 6-2 and 315 pounds, served his four-game suspension violation of the NFL’s Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse at the end of last season.

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