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Notebook: Childress offers rest for weary

A number of factors are causing Vikings coach Brad Childress to limit his players' physical exertion at this time of year. Childress and his players talked about the reasons for downsizing practices in November and December.

Throughout training camp, the feeling among Vikings players and observers was that head coach Brad Childress was going easier on the players. More than three months later, the Vikings are hoping to see dividends from that strategy as they enter the final six games of their regular-season schedule in a three-way tie for first place in the NFC North. "It's a grind for everybody. I don't know if you...

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