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Vikings re-signing veteran G Dalton Risner

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Veteran guard Dalton Risner is re-signing with the Vikings on a one-year contract, ESPN reported Wednesday.

Risner, 28, appeared in 15 games with 11 starts in his first season with Minnesota in 2023. He played 75 percent of the team's offensive snaps.

A second-round pick by Denver in the 2019 NFL Draft, Risner has appeared in 77 career games (73 starts) with the Broncos (2019-22) and Vikings.

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