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Sunday slant: Finally, the thud of pads

Sunday slant: Finally, the thud of pads

It’s finally here. The pads are going on and not scheduled to come off anytime soon in Mankato. It’s time for the players to get physical and the inner football geek in fans to be entertained. Thank goodness, physical football is back.

Players have gone through the conditioning program, the minicamps, the organized team activities. They’ve endured the introductions, the installations and the film sessions. They’ve even survived a warm-weather practice under new head coach Mike Zimmer. But, Sunday, they will experience a first. Finally, the pads go Sunday for the first time all year after dozens of practices and plenty of...

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