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November 19, 2012

Rookie Blair Walsh kicking up a storm in Minnesota

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“You have to keep locked in the whole game,” Walsh said. “Good or bad, I have a rule where I take about five or 10 seconds to reflect on what happens. Then I let it go and get on to the next kick.”

If the Vikings (8-6) are going to make the playoffs, Walsh is likely going to have to make a few more big ones. They play at Houston on Sunday against the stingy Texans defense, then host rival Green Bay in the finale.

His performance thus far has earned Frazier’s faith to run him out there in any situation.

“We weren’t afraid we would be in a situation where we were putting ourselves on a shorter field,” Frazier said. “We felt very confident that once he went out there, it was a very good chance that he would make the kick and he did.”

NOTES: LT Matt Kalil missed practice on Wednesday because of an illness. ... DE Brian Robison (right shoulder) did not practice. Frazier said it was too soon to say if he would be ready for Sunday. ... Peterson was given the day off to rest.

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