OTA notebook: Munnerlyn out with foot injury

The Vikings will be without CB Captain Munnerlyn for a few weeks.

Captain Munnerlyn suffered a right foot injury last week that has him in a walking boot and out for at least a couple weeks.

The Minnesota Vikings cornerback suffered the unspecified injury on the first day of organized team activities last week and tried to play through it. But an MRI earlier this week revealed an issue that required the boot but likely won’t require surgery.

“It happened actually the first day of OTAs and I kept practicing on it and didn’t know it,” he said. “I tried to practice on Tuesday and couldn’t run. I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I had to get an MRI and they sat me down for a little bit. Hopefully I’ll be ready for minicamp.”

That would allow Munnerlyn to leave Minnesota after the June 16-18 minicamp without having to stick around for part of the break before training camp for rehabilitation.

With Munnerlyn’s injury and Xavier Rhodes attending his son’s graduation, the Vikings had veteran free-agent acquisition Terence Newman in at left cornerback and Josh Robinson at right cornerback in the base defense at Thursday’s practice. Jabari Price and rookie Trae Waynes got work in the nickel defense.

“Competition brings out the best in everybody. I’ve been competing since I’ve been in the NFL,” Munnerlyn said. “… I know everybody in the room, they want to play so you’ve got to bring your best each and every day at practice and especially in the preseason. Competition always brings the best out in everybody.”

Defensive coordinator George Edwards said Munnerlyn’s injury was “nothing major,” and Munnerlyn said no surgery is expected and “better not be planned.”

The Vikings signed Munnerlyn last year as a free agent with the expectation that he would be their nickel cornerback, but he ended up winning the starting job and sliding inside for the nickel defense.

This year, he said all the returning cornerbacks are feeling better with a year in Mike Zimmer’s defense.

“It’s great knowing the scheme and knowing what he expects out of everybody and knowing this team,” Munnerlyn said. “It’s definitely a good feeling to just come out here and know what’s going on. Last year, everybody was running around (like) a chicken with his head cut off last year and didn’t know what we were doing and trying to feel each other out. This year I think everybody got it and everybody knows what to expect.”

  • In addition to Rhodes missing, so was undrafted rookie guard Bob Vardaro.

  • LB Gerald Hodges, LB Anthony Barr, DE Brian Robison, TE Rhett Ellison, LB Casey Matthews and RT Phil Loadholt, along with Munnerlyn, didn’t participate in some or all of practice. Robison appears to be getting closer after suffering a pectoral injury last month. He did light work while instructing younger players but was never part team drills or even regular individual drills.

  • CB Shaun Prater had a good practice, intercepting QB Taylor Heinicke and knocking away another pass that rookie DE Danielle Hunter intercepted.

  • The Vikings rotated heavily along the offensive line and in the secondary. T.J. Clemmings started practice with the first-team offensive line at right guard before suffering a foot injury that isn’t believed to be serious, and the Vikings used David Yankey, Carter Bykowski and Austin Shepherd there after Clemmings left..

  • Without Robison, the Vikings rotated Justin Trattou, Scott Crichton and Hunter with the first-team defensive line.

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