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Munnerlyn, Sendejo, Ford open training camp on PUP list

Munnerlyn, Sendejo, Ford open training camp on PUP list

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com
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MANKATO, Minn. - The Vikings opened training camp Friday with three players on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list: Captain Munnerlyn (hamstring), Andrew Sendejo (back) and Chase Ford (foot).

"Captain Munnerlyn has got a slight little hamstring," Zimmer said. "Andrew Sendejo has got a low back and ankle that he's been dealing with since the end of last season."

Zimmer said he doubts it will be long before Munnerlyn returns, and that the injury won't hold him back. Many believe he will be the starting corner on the outside opposite Xavier Rhodes, and then slide into the slot corner position in nickel packages.

"I didn't know a lot about him when we signed him. But he's a competitive guy," Zimmer said. "I think he does a very good job in the slot, knowing where he's at, the different techniques. He's still obviously learning the techniques we have. I've been happy with him.

"He's very, very competitive. He likes to talk a lot on the field, so we've got to keep him reined in a little bit. But that's better than having to go the other way," Zimmer said.

Players placed on the PUP list may watch practice, but are not allowed to participate in any manner, not even in walk-throughs.

Ford had surgery on his left foot, and Zimmer said he did not yet know if the Injured Reserve is a possibility. Ford apparently tweeted something about the injury and Zimmer didn't sound too pleased with that, saying they would have a "discussion about that this evening."

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
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