EAGAN, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings coach Mike Zimmer chose to move up his media availability a day to address an apparent report involving linebacker Anthony Barr and a trade. "I was made aware of an erroneous report about Anthony Barr," Zimmer said Friday. "Anthony is my guy. No. 1, we are unequivocally not trying to trade Anthony. He was my first draft pick we have ever had with me. He's helped this defense go from 32nd or 31st or whatever it is to being pretty good, and so there's no, none whatsoever, truth to that rumor." It was not immediately clear what report Zimmer was referencing. Barr, a first-round pick in 2014, is a three-time Pro Bowl selection. Barr, who has expanded his role to include work with the defensive line during camp, did not participate in team drills on Thursday. When asked about his absence, Barr deferred to the coaching staff. "There was a reason for that," Barr said. "I'm not able to discuss that. Any...



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