Vikings kicking around options for replacing Walsh

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Things got testy between kicker Blair Walsh and the media after Sunday's 22-16 loss to the Lions.

- Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer says the team will take a look at free agent kickers.

"You watched it", Walsh said after the game.

The Vikings worked out multiple kickers Tuesday but are now planning to stick with Blair Walsh, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Leaving "here" out of his answer certainly appeared to be intentional.

For the Vikings, this was probably a motivational play, letting Walsh know that his job isn't safe.

Walsh has had his share of issues over the past two seasons, both on extra points and field goal attempts.

The biggest problem Sunday was Walsh. In the two seasons since the league moved the extra point back, nobody in the NFL has missed more extra points than Walsh has.

He missed an extra point and two field goals in the Vikings' season-opening win this year, missed another extra point against the Panthers in Week 3 - which led coach Mike Zimmer to admit he went for two later in the game because he was anxious about the kicker - and missed another field goal in Week 4 against the Giants.

This season, Walsh has missed a PAT or field goal in four of eight games.

The Vikings are now 5-3, still leading the NFC North.

He talked about how football is as much a mental game as a physical one. Of course, it's not as easy as just adding four points to the Vikings total and assuming the game finishes the same, but in a low-scoring game that came down to the wire, those points were certainly crucial.

Zimmer said he hasn't totally lost confidence in Walsh.

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