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Bennett will have surgery

Vikings running back sidelined up to 8 weeks

Wire reports

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Vikings running back Michael Bennett will have surgery Friday on his broken left foot and is expected to be sidelined six weeks.

Bennett felt discomfort while participating in the Vikings' voluntary workout program, coach Mike Tice said in a statement released by the team Thursday. Bennett was diagnosed with a fracture, and is expected to make a full recovery following surgery and rehab.

Last season, Bennett became the first Vikings running back to play in the Pro Bowl since Robert Smith in 1998.

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Other players taking part in voluntary workouts are defensive tackle Chris Hovan, free safety Jack Brewer and receiver Randy Moss.

Players are paid if they complete the week's workout.

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