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Vikings Add to Offensive Line, Linebacker Groups

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — The Vikings on Wednesday announced the signings of tackle Sean Hickey and linebacker Jason Whittingham.

Hickey spent parts of 2015 with the Saints and Patriots. He signed with the Jets in January but was waived this spring. Hickey played college football at Syracuse, where he earned three varsity letters.

Hickey was named All-ACC Coaches Third Team in 2014 when he started all 12 games at left tackle. He also started all 13 games at left tackle in 2013. Hickey started four games at left tackle in 2012, then shifted to right tackle the remainder of the season. He is from Murrsville, Pennsylvania.

Whittingham, a rookie, lettered four seasons at Utah. He played all 13 games and made four starts for the Utes in 2015, recording 26 tackles, 6.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks last season. He originally signed with Utah in 2009 but did not play until 2012 because of mission work that was followed by a redshirt year in 2011. He is from Provo, Utah.

Seven-year veteran Phil Loadholt announced his retirement Monday. Loadholt started 89 regular-season games, which ranks ninth among tackles in team history.

Players are scheduled to arrive at Minnesota State University, Mankato on Thursday for 2016 Verizon Vikings Training Camp. It will be the 51st Vikings camp at the school.

The first practices will be held Friday, with a walk-thru from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. and a practice from 2:45 - 5 p.m. Click here for the full training camp schedule.

Minnesota will open the preseason at Cincinnati on Aug. 12 after two consecutive days of joint practices with the Bengals.

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