Wide receiver Patterson misses opening day of camp because of foot injury
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson missed the first practice of training camp on Friday because of a foot injury, the team announced via its Twitter account. Patterson is listed as day-to-day.
Patterson, the third of the Vikings' three first-round picks in 2013, is coming off a rookie season in which he was elected to the Pro Bowl because of his efforts on kickoff returns. He is expected to be a key part of the Vikings' passing game this season and will provide a down-the-field threat.
As a rookie, Patterson had 45 receptions for 469 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged an NFL-best 32.4 yards and had two touchdowns on 43 kickoff returns.
Meanwhile cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list to open camp Friday morning because of a hamstring problem, said the injury has been bothering him for a while and that he was able to continue training despite the pain.
"I got through the conditioning test (Thursday) and it just didn't feel right," he said. "Afterward I told the trainer, 'Man, my hamstring,' and they said, 'See how you feel in the morning.' I told them today it was just still tight on me and the coaches just want to be cautious about it. They don't want me to get out here and pull it or tear it and need more time."
Munnerlyn, who signed a three-year, $11.25 million free-agent deal with the Vikings during the offseason, said the plan is to give his hamstring a couple of days of rest and then see if he's ready to return.
"It's a tough situation to sit on the sideline for me because of me being a competitor," he said. "But me being in the league going on six years, I know the best thing to do is to get some rest."
Munnerlyn is expected to start as an outside corner opposite Xavier Rhodes this season but shift inside when the Vikings switch to their nickel defense.