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Published December 23, 2011, 12:00 AM

Photo gallery: Kleinsasser's career


Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, gets a block from teammate Jimmy Kleinsasser (40) while running past Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, left, during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, right, gets a block from teammate Jimmy Kleinsasser (40) while running past Arizona Cardinals defensive end Calais Campbell, left, during the second half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Minnesota Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser during the NFL football team's practice Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011 in Mankato, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Minnesota Vikings tight end Jimmy Kleinsasser (40) is stopped by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) and corner back Prince Miller (38) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Detroit, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
  • Jim Kleinsasser (40) and Jared Allen (69) run as Minnesota Vikings take the field before the first half an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Dec. 20, 2010, in Minneapolis. The game is being played at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium because of damage to the Metrodome roof. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)
  • Minnesota Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser takes a break before drills at NFL football practice, Wednesday, June 2, 2010 in Eden Prairie, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • New Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre (4) talks with teammate Jim Kleinsasser (40) during NFL football training camp, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 in Eden Prairie, Minn. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)
  • Minnesota Vikings tight end Jim Kleinsasser, right, gets past Detroit Lions safety Daniel Bullocks on a 34-yard pass reception during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
  • Minnesota Vikings veteran Jim Kleinsasser peels off his helmet in 98-degree heat at the end of practice Monday, July 31, 2006 at training camp in Mankato, Minn. Bruce Crummy / The Forum
  • Carrington, N.D., native tight end Jim Kleinsasser lines up for an extra point drill during the opening practice of the Minnesota Vikings' training camp Saturday, July 30, 2005 in Mankato, Minn. Bruce Crummy / The Forum
  • Minnesota Viking tight end Jim Kleinsasser stops momentarily to sigh autographs as he leaves the first practice session of the training camp in Mankato, Minn., early in his career. Forum photo by Colburn Hvidston III
  • University of North Dakota tight end Jim Kleinsasser tries to push away the tackle attempt of Morningside's Micah Mullenix in 1998. Grand Forks Herald file photo.