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Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe strains as he lifts a weight during conditioning workouts for the NFL football team Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Eden Prairie, Minn.(AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Kluwe says he’s been released by Vikings

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Vikings released punter Chris Kluwe on Monday, bringing an end to his colorful and outspoken eight-year stay in Minnesota.

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Kluwe announced the news on Twitter shortly after meeting with Vikings GM Rick Spielman, a move that had been expected ever since the team spent a fifth-round draft pick on punter Jeff Locke at the end of last month.

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