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Minnesota Vikings announce training camp dates, practices with Bengals

The Vikings will have a shortened training camp in Mankato with two joint practices with the Bengals in Cincinnati.

With the Minnesota Vikings setting two practice days with the Bengals in Cincinnati prior to the two teams meeting for their first preseason game, the Vikings’ 2016 training camp in Mankato will be limited to nine days of practice in Southern Minnesota.

The Vikings report to Mankato for training camp on July 28 with the first practice on July 29. Their final practice in Mankato will be Aug. 9 and their annual practice under the lights of Blakeslee Stadium will be Saturday, Aug. 6.

With the Vikings needing to be out of Mankato by mid-August for the university to get dorms ready for the school year, the practices with the Bengals make sense, given the connection between the Vikings and Bengals. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was the defensive coordinator in Cincinnati under head coach Marvin Lewis before Zimmer became Minnesota’s head coach in 2014.

“I think the joint practices will be great for our young team, especially at that time of training camp,” Zimmer said. “Having such a great relationship with Marvin and the Bengals organization, it makes it a perfect fit for us to practice there.”

The Vikings and Bengals won their respective divisions in 2015. Their practices together on Aug. 10 and 11 will be on the PBS practice fields in Cincinnati and open to the public with no admission charge.

“Our past experiences with joint practices have been good,” said Lewis. “You put yourself on the field with another team and let the competitive juices flow a little bit.  And it’s great that we could work this out with Zim.”

Here is the Vikings’ full training camp schedule (all times subject to change; walk-thrus in Blakeslee Stadium).

VIKINGS 2016 TRAINING CAMP

DATE EARLY PRACTICE LATE PRACTICE
Thurs., July 28 Player check-in, 10 a.m-2 p.m.
Fri., July 29 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-thru) 2:45-5 p.m.
Sat., July 30 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-thru) 2:45-5 p.m.
Sun., July 31 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-thru) 2:45-5 p.m.
Mon., Aug. 1 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-thru) 2:45-5 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 2 Players day off
Wed., Aug. 3 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-thru) 2:45-5 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 4 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-thru) 2:45-5 p.m.
Fri., Aug. 5 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-thru) 2:45-5 p.m.
Sat., Aug. 6 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-thru) 7:15-9:15 p.m. in Blakeslee Stadium
Sun., Aug. 7 Players day off
Mon., Aug. 8 10:30-11:30 a.m. (walk-thru) 2:45-5 p.m.
Tues., Aug. 9 8-10 a.m.
Wed., Aug 10 2 p.m. practice w/ Bengals in Cincy
Thurs., Aug. 11 10 a.m. practice w/ Bengals in Cincy
Fri., Aug. 12 6:30 p.m. preseason game at Bengals
Sat., Aug. 13 Players day off
Sun., Aug. 14 Practice at Winter Park

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