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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Kluwe gets extension

The Vikings locked up another of their good young players today, as punter Chris Kluwe signed a six-year, $8.3 million contract extension through the 2013 season.

Kluwe, who was in the final year of his contract, ranks 14th among NFL punters with a 44.2-yard average and has a league-high 18 kicks inside the 20.

"I'm glad to have it done," hee said. "It's a great place to play. I enjoy being here and definitely looking forward to not only the end of this year but the next six years to come."

Coach Brad Childress said he was glad to have his punter locked into a long-term deal.

"He's really become a very good directional kicker," Childress said. "Obviously, he has a strong leg. You can look at all the statistics you want, where he's at in the NFL. We know the value he brings to our football team and we're glad to have him for an extended period of time."

Practice notes: Safety Dwight Smith (hamstring) was the only player who did not participate in practice.

Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (finger) was limited for the second straight day and backup Kelly Holcomb is expected to start Sunday's game against Philadelphia, although Childress has yet to make that official.

"It's gotten a little bit better," Childress said of Jackson. "He threw one-on-one yesterday and he threw one-on-one in the red area today."

Running back Chester Taylor (groin) also was limited for the second straight day, but Childress indicated the injury is nothing serious.


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