Patterson sheds walking boot, is ‘fine’

Cordarrelle Patterson was out of his walking boot on Monday, coach Mike Zimmer said, after determining that his ankle injury was only a bruise.

Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is out of the walking boot he had on after Sunday’s win in Tampa Bay and should be able to play next Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Patterson told reporters he injured the ankle on his final kickoff return, but he stayed in the game after that.

“He’s fine. He had a bruise,” head coach Mike Zimmer said Monday. “He’ll be fine. He’s out of the boot today.”

Even after that kickoff return, Patterson remained a big part of the offense during the Vikings’ game-tying drive with two minutes left in regulation. He caught a 12-yard pass from Teddy Bridgewater for the initial first down in that drive and was targeted two other times during that drive.

Patterson is second on the team in catches (25), yards (299) and tied for second with one receiving touchdown.

He had his biggest game of the season on Sunday, targeted a career-high 12 times and catching six passes for 86 yards – all which were season highs, as well.

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