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Metrodome repairs could alter Vikings schedule

MINNEAPOLIS — The new head of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission said Thursday that replacing the snow-damaged roof of the Metrodome would likely take five to six months, raising the possibility of affecting next season's schedule for the Vikings.

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Ted Mondale took the oath as chairman Thursday, less than a week after Gov. Mark Dayton made the former state senator his administration's point man on the push for a new stadium.

"This is the year we do it," Mondale said of the effort to replace the Metrodome as the state's NFL venue.

However, the Vikings have another season in the dome, which was damaged by a December blizzard.

The commission is awaiting a report on the extent of that damage, a recommendation on whether to simply repair torn panels or replace the damaged roof entirely, and estimated costs. The report is expected before the end of this month.

Mondale said replacing the roof would likely mean five to six months of work. Depending on the timing, repairs could go into late summer and the August start of the NFL exhibition season. The league's 2011 schedule will be announced in April.

One possibility if the Metrodome is not ready could be TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota, where the Vikings played their final home game of the season.

Bucs promote Quarles: Former Pro Bowl linebacker Shelton Quarles was named the Bucs' coordinator of pro scouting. Quarles joined the front office as a pro scout in 2007 after his Bucs playing career (1997-2006).

Stadium in L.A.: City leaders will ask the full City Council to fast-track the idea of a new $1 billion privately financed stadium attached to a renovated Los Angeles Convention Center, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Brady surgery: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady had a screw inserted in his right foot to deal with a stress fracture and is doing well, the Associated Press reported. Brady, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, will be replaced on the AFC roster by the Chiefs' Matt Cassel, a backup to Brady when he was in New England.

More Pro Bowl: Packers cornerback Tramon Williams was added to the NFC roster because of an injury to the Eagles' Asante Samuel.

Broncos: New coach John Fox hired Jeff Rodgers, his special teams coordinator with the Panthers last year, and promoted Adam Gase from coaching receivers to coaching quarterbacks. Also, Colorado prosecutors dropped domestic violence charges against former Broncos linebacker Kevin Alexander after the woman he was accused of hitting refused to cooperate.

Browns: The team has interviewed former NFL and Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt to be its defensive coordinator.

Chiefs: Mark Donovan was promoted from chief operating officer to team president. He and general manager Scott Pioli will both report to owner Clark Hunt. Donovan will be responsible for business aspects while Pioli is in charge of football operations.

Raiders: Former Ravens assistant Al Saunders was hired as offensive coordinator in Oakland, filling the post left empty by Hue Jackson's promotion to head coach, ESPN reported.

Seahawks: Darrell Bevell was hired as offensive coordinator, two days after Jeremy Bates was fired from that position.

Titans: Coach Jeff Fisher told Chuck Cecil he will not be the defensive coordinator for a third season, Cecil said.

Times staff writer Rick Stroud contributed to this report.

Metrodome repairs could alter Vikings schedule 01/20/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 12:15am]
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