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Ramsey County trying to get back into Vikings stadium picture

ST. PAUL -- Ramsey County backers are trying to get their plan for a Vikings stadium back on lawmakers' radar screen as a downtown Minneapolis plan falters.

Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett says the Arden Hills site was "never out of the picture." Dayton administration officials say they're still trying to get a Minneapolis plan done with the legislature poised to adjourn possibly as soon as the end of next week.

There's a hearing tonight on a backup electronic pulltabs bill, which stadium backers are eyeing as a vehicle to move their plan forward as the legislative clock ticks down.

Meanwhile a phone call is reportedly scheduled today between Governor Mark Dayton and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell -- to talk about where the Vikings stadium issue stands. According to NFL.com, Goodell warned Dayton Wednesday that there would be "serious consequences" for the Vikings if a stadium bill is not signed. Earlier this week, a House committee voted down the latest plan for a new stadium near the Metrodome in Minneapolis. That makes chances slim that a new bill will get passed in the current legilislative session, which is due to end soon.

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Here is the 2012 schedule for the Minnesota Vikings:

Friday, August 10th - at San Francisco, 8pm (PRESEASON)

Friday, August 17th - vs. Buffalo, 7pm (PRESEASON)

Friday, August 24th - vs. San Diego, 7pm (PRESEASON)

Thursday, August 30th - at Houston, 6pm (PRESEASON)

Sunday, September 9th - vs. Jacksonville, noon

Sunday, September 16th - at Indianapolis, noon

Sunday, September 23rd - vs. San Francisco, noon

Sunday, September 30th - at Detroit, noon

Sunday, October 7th - vs. Tennessee, noon

Sunday, October 14th - at Washington, 3:15pm

Sunday, October 21st - vs. Arizona, noon

Thursday, October 25th - vs. Tampa Bay, 7:20pm

Sunday, November 4th - at Seattle, 3:15pm

Sunday, November 11th - vs. Detroit, noon

Sunday, November 18th - BYE

Sunday, November 25th - at Chicago, noon*

Sunday, December 2nd - at Green Bay, noon*

Sunday, December 9th - vs. Chicago, noon*

Sunday, December 16th - at St. Louis, noon*

Sunday, December 23rd - at Houston, noon*

Sunday, December 30th - vs. Green Bay, noon*

* - denotes gametime/gameday subject to change via NFL Flex Scheduling rule

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The Cleveland Browns are covering all of their basis for the upcoming NFL Draft. According to "The Plain Dealer" Cleveland conducted a private workout with USC offensive-tackle Matt Kalil. Kalil is expected by many to go number-three to the Minnesota Vikings. With Joe Thomas already in the fold at left tackle, Kalil would have to play right tackle for the Browns.

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Philadelphia Eagles Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel is on the trade block. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Samuel is being shopped ahead of next week's NFL Draft. The nine-year veteran has led the NFC in interceptions two of the last three seasons and has 45 career picks. Samuel is due to make $9.9-million this season.

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