Vikings to spend extra week in Mankato for camp, which starts July 26
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The Minnesota Vikings will spend more time in Mankato for training camp in 2012 than they have in years.
The team announced on Wednesday that players will report to camp on July 26 and stay for three weeks -- returning for the week following their Aug. 10 preseason opener at San Francisco, rather than reconvening for practice that week at Winter Park.
Camp will break on Aug. 16, a day before the second preseason game against Buffalo at the Metrodome. The full practice schedule will be released soon, the team said.
There was frustration in some corners of the organization last season that coach Leslie Frazier had players report later than most teams following the NFL lockout and kept them in Mankato for only 10 days, from July 31 to Aug. 10.
So, it's no surprise the Vikings will spend more time in the dorms this year than they have since 2008 -- the year before the arrival of quarterback Brett Favre, who twice joined the Vikings the week following the preseason opener.
It's the 47th consecutive season the Vikings will spend camp at Minnesota State University, Mankato.