EAGAN, Minn. -- AP -- Anthony Barr has been cleared to rejoin the Minnesota Vikings. The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker is back in action after an 18-game absence to give a lagging defense a boost. Barr was sidelined by a balky knee early in training camp. He said he has had some "down days" during the frustrating process of trying to return.

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Vikings defensive coordinator Andre Patterson said the team will be careful with Barr's workload for now. He missed the last 14 games of last season because of a torn pectoral muscle.

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