Captain Munnerlyn returns to practice, expects team drills Thursday
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MANKATO, Minn. - Vikings cornerback Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring) returned to practice Wednesday. He participated in individual drills and some walk-throughs, but didn't do anything in the team portion of practice.
"I feel great and I'm excited just to see how much work they'll let me do tomorrow," Munnerlyn said. He was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Wednesday morning.
Head coach Mike Zimmer said the Vikings will get him some work in nickel packages Thursday, with full-team drills coming after that.
The plan all along, Munnerlyn said, was to do individual drills, but ease into the team portion of practice.
"Hopefully next week I can just go all the way out," he said. "I can't wait to put my hands on somebody." Hamstring injuries can get aggravated, he said, so the staff is taking his progression slowly.
Munnerlyn said he doesn't feel he's behind after missing four and a half practices, since he played a similar style of defense in Carolina before signing with the Vikings this offseason as a free agent. He missed two games (Injured Reserve) with a left hamstring injury in 2011.
"I have high expectations for myself and I'm sure there's a lot of people [who've] got high expectations for me coming into this defense. So I definitely don't want to start the season hurt and not be one hundred percent and not be myself. I think the couple of days they gave me to get my hamstring right with my trainers - they've been doing an excellent job with me, getting it stronger and stronger every day," Munnerlyn said.
"I'm ready to be the leader that the team is looking for."