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Published: Wed, November 09, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Vikings kicking around options for replacing Walsh


NFL Network reported the Vikings will keep Walsh after working out six kickers including Randy Bullock and Kai Forbath.

He missed an extra point and two field goals in the Vikings' season-opening win this year, missed another extra point against the Panthers in Week 3 - which led coach Mike Zimmer to admit he went for two later in the game because he was anxious about the kicker - and missed another field goal in Week 4 against the Giants.

The Minnesota Vikings reportedly will stick with Blair Walsh for now, even after trying out several kickers on Tuesday.

Walsh missed an extra point and had a field goal blocked Sunday in an overtime loss to Detroit.

This season, Walsh has missed four of 16 field goal attempts, and he leads the National Football League with three missed extra points in 16 tries. Of course I want to make it. "'Did you make it?' 'Why didn't it go in?' If I had the answer right away, I'd tell you", Walsh said.

Later in his news conference, Zimmer was asked if he believes Walsh can still be a successful kicker in Minnesota. But, come on. You guys ask the same questions every week. I know that I'm going to be fine.

According to the report, the Vikings will eat Walsh's salary this season, with his $1.65 million salary being dead money in 2017. He missed a PAT and had a 46-yard attempt that was low and off target before it was batted down and eventually turned into a 53-yard field goal for the Lions. "But it's tough right now".

The Vikings sit a precarious half-game up in the NFC North after losing three straight to fall to 5-3.

The extra point missed in the third quarter hit the right goalpost and left the Lions with a 10-9 lead. That resulted in a touchback and no time running off the clock, and the Lions tied the score on a 58-yard field goal by Matt Prater on the final play of regulation.

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