Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he believes Cordarrelle Patterson
will be back on the field soon after injuring his foot, an injury that apparently happened just before the Vikings reported to training camp on Thursday.
“(He’s) still day to day. I think he’s improving every day. It won’t be long. I’ll be surprised if it’s long,” Zimmer said after Saturday’s practice.
Patterson told Zimmer he injured the foot the day or two before the Vikings reported to camp, and Patterson didn’t take the conditioning test on Thursday.
“He got out of it, I guess,” Zimmer said. “They’re working pretty hard in the rehab. They probably work harder than guys on the field do.”
Patterson and the three players on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list having been rehabbing. While Patterson is getting close to returning to action, safety Andrew Sendejo
is further away from joining the practices and tight end Chase Ford
remains on crutches and likely out for the duration of training camp at least.
Sendejo hasn’t been able to practice all offseason, as his lower back and ankle issues date back to last season.
“Obviously it’s a concern. I haven’t seen him one day, so I don’t know really anything,” Zimmer said.
Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn
(hamstring) is also getting closer to returning to action.
“I think he’s getting pretty close,” Zimmer said. “I’m guessing, but a couple more days.”
The upside to the Munnerlyn injury is that the coaching staff is getting a long look at the other options there. They have used rookies Jabari Price, Kendall James and veteran Shaun Prater in his stead.
SATURDAY P.M. NOTES
Zimmer didn’t anticipate it would be long before he has a decision on who will handle the special teams when Mike Priefer is serving a three-game suspension for homophobic comments he made in the presence of former punter Chris Kluwe and long snapper Cullen Loeffler. The Vikings haven’t had anyone else in training, so assistant special teams coach Ryan Ficken is a likely candidate, but Zimmer said he didn’t talk with general manager Rick Spielman about the subject Friday night or Saturday.
The Vikings will put on full pads for the first time under Zimmer in Sunday’s afternoon practice, but they still won’t tackle to the ground. Zimmer said Adrian Peterson will be protected from the hits.
Zimmer said he considered scrimmaging other teams during training camp, but he wanted to focus on building his team amongst themselves and getting his the systems installed on offense and defense first in his first year as a head coach.
“I just felt like I want to continue to try to build this team together and not add the distraction – I don’t know if it’s a distraction, but going somewhere else or another team coming in,” he said. “I just felt it would be better for us this particular time this year.”
Marcus Sherels, Jerick McKinnon, Kain Colter, Adam Thielen and Josh Robinson all took turns returning kicks.
The highlight play from Saturday was a deep throw from Matt Cassel that connected with Greg Jennings in the middle of the field during full-team work.
The Vikings waived offensive tackle Matt Hall, an undrafted free agent, and veteran receiver Josh Cooper on Friday. They went unclaimed on waivers by the rest of the league.
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Cordarrelle Patterson is getting closer to joining practice as rehabilitation on his foot continues. Captain Munnerlyn is also progressing, but two others aren’t as close to getting on the field.
Cordarrelle Patterson is getting closer to joining practice as rehabilitation on his foot continues.