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Updated: August 30th, 2012 11:14am
Vikings already looking for WR help, work out ex-Bear Chris Summers

Vikings already looking for WR help, work out ex-Bear Chris Summers

by Tom Pelissero
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HOUSTON -- Leslie Frazier suggested on Tuesday the Minnesota Vikings might look outside the organization for help at receiver. Apparently, that process is already underway.

An NFL source confirmed on Thursday the Vikings recently worked out Chris Summers, who was waived by the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

Summers, 23, is a big body (6-foot-5, 213 pounds) and had 188 catches for 2,712 yards (14.4 average) and 26 touchdowns in four seasons at Liberty. He broke current Vikings receiver Jerome Simpson's Big South Conference record with 1,081 receiving yards in 2010 and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at his campus workout.

A Jacksonville, Fla., native, Summers went undrafted in April, then signed with the Bears shortly thereafter. He had three receptions, including gains of 28 and 24 yards, in Chicago's first two preseason games before he was cut.

The Vikings are waiting for a receiver to step up during Simpson's three-game suspension to start the season. They planned to sit Percy Harvin and probably Michael Jenkins in Thursday's exhibition finale here, allowing Devin Aromashodu, Stephen Burton, Jarius Wright and Emmanuel Arceneaux maximum opportunities to show they can make plays.

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