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Vikings cut kicker Carlson after failed field goals against Packers

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Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson
Minnesota Vikings kicker Daniel Carlson reacts after missing a field goal in the final seconds of overtime of a game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Green Bay, Wis. The game ended in a 29-29 tie.
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Rookie kicker Daniel Carlson was cut from the Minnesota Vikings Monday after missing three key field goals, including two in overtime, during Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers that could have given the Vikings a win.

The game instead ended in a 29-29 tie.

Coach Mike Zimmer told reporters on Monday it was an easy decision to cut Carlson, adding that the kicker's struggles were hard to understand.

  "You think you've got a guy for a while and then he goes out and misses three in a big game, but you know, things happen I guess," Zimmer told reporters.

News reports indicate the team expects to sign ex-Dallas Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey.

Zimmer confirmed the Vikings are bringing in Bailey, a former Pro Bowl kicker, for a physical, which players must pass before signing. He's the second most accurate kicker in NFL history.