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To get there, much work remains to be done with the roster after the NFC runners-up from the 2009-10 season devolved into a 6-10 team. Who plays quarterback is the most pressing question, but there are many other unresolved positions with pending free agents and players unsure if they’ll return.

Kicker Ryan Longwell is one of those. He has been sharpening up his golf game _ he’s good enough he got an invitation to play in the Bob Hope Classic in January _ and trying to keep from sweating about his status.

“There is so much outward chaos with the CBA, with being a free agency and not knowing where we’re going to be, that there’s almost a peace to all of it because there’s so much going on,” Longwell said.

Defensive tackle Kevin Williams expressed the same attitude, even with some of the coaching changes.

“My position you know is pretty much cut and dry. We might do some things a different way, but for the most the part I’m going to line up with my head down and play ball,” he said.

All the players interviewed mentioned their concern for the fans, trying to stay optimistic about what lies ahead.

The effects of a protracted work stoppage stretch could stretch far beyond the players. Last year, a University of Minnesota study determined that the Twin Cities area would lose at least $9.1 million just from out-of-town visitors for every home game lost.

Michael Rosenstiel, the general manager of Maxwell’s American Pub near the Metrodome, sees a six-fold increase in sales on Sundays when the Vikings are at home.

Maxwell’s has already had some practice with lost games, when the dome’s roof collapsed and two games were relocated. Rosenstiel said he hasn’t laid anyone off but that he has had to cut shifts and would likely have to do more of that in the fall if Vikings games were to be wiped out by a lockout.

“It’s getting tough, giving the hours out to the servers that we have,” he said. “We do the best that we can to try to keep all the people employed, because we’re loyal to our employees.”

Basant Kharbanda, who owns and operates about 1 million square feet in downtown building space, runs a four-story office building across the street from the Metrodome that relies heavily on parking revenue from Vikings games. Kharbanda said he employs 23 people.

“We’d be laying off people if this drags on, there’s no question, but there’s nothing we can do,” Kharbanda said.

Due to the relocation and closing of businesses and the move by the Twins from the Metrodome to Target Field last year, Kharbanda said he’s already lost 75 percent of his parking revenue in recent years.

“We’re hanging on to the last one-fourth, which is the Vikings,” he said.