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USA TODAY Sports Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr laughs as he leaves the field following a July 25 training camp practice at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

NFL: Vikings' Barr on course to start opener

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MANKATO — News flash: Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Friday there’s a “strong” chance rookie linebacker Anthony Barr will start the regular-season opener Sept. 7 at St. Louis.

Then again, perhaps that would be regarded as old news to Zimmer.

With Barr clearly having had a good first week of training camp, Zimmer was asked after Friday’s practice at Minnesota State Mankato what kind of chance the No. 9 pick has of starting the opener.

“I would say strong,” Zimmer said.

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