Vikings were ready to use Kluwe as kicker

Vikings rookie kicker Blair Walsh went 4-4 on field goal tries on Sunday against the Redskins, but he was feeling sick the night before the game. If he wouldn't have been able to play, punter Chris Kluwe would have taken his job.
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Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe had a rough game last week, including a botched 20-yard kick, and the team brought in another punter for a tryout. Kluwe said he understands that, but he denies that his political activism takes his mind off the game, the Pioneer Press reports. "Why don't you worry more about a children's game than basic human rights?" Kluwe said. "Yeah, I'm generally going to go with basic human rights."

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