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Kalil, rookies get their numbers

Minnesota Vikings rookies were officially assigned numbers on Wednesday. Matt Kalil was given No. 67, Harrison Smith went with No. 22, Josh Robinson took No. 31 -- which previously belonged to Chris Cook, who has changed to No. 20.
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Minnesota Vikings rookies were officially assigned numbers on Wednesday. Matt Kalil was given No. 67, Harrison Smith went with No. 22, Josh Robinson took No. 31 -- which previously belonged to Chris Cook, who has changed to No. 20.

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