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Notebook: Alexander Getting Another Chance

Rufus Alexander

Linebacker Rufus Alexander came to the Vikings as a sixth-round tackling machine in college, but a knee injury abruptly ended his rookie season. Now Alexander is among several young linebackers looking to take advantage of a preseason opportunity. See what he and coordinator Leslie Frazier had to say about that and what Paul Ferraro is looking for in Thursday's game.

Last year, the Vikings finished the season with seven linebackers on their 53-man roster. After releasing veteran Derrick Pope on Monday and with the season-ending knee injury to Heath Farwell, the team has cleared the way for a number of young linebackers to seize the day – and that day is Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys in the preseason finale. Between now and Saturday at 3 p.m. Central... Recommended Stories