“(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.
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“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.”
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