The Minnesota Vikings haven’t suffered many serious injuries on the defensive side of the ball – most of those have come on offense – but they may have suffered their first significant one Sunday.
Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, their leading nickel cornerback, suffered knee and ankle injuries on the first defensive series of the Vikings’ 22-16 overtime loss to the Detroit Lions.
Munnerlyn will have an MRI on Monday but believes it will be “not good.”
“I don’t know, man. Not good,” he said. “We’ll see what the MRI says. It doesn’t look good.
“It was on a screen play and I shot the screen. I got bent up. I think it was (Eric) Ebron the tight end, made a great block on me,” Munnerlyn said. “Golden (Tate) had the ball and he cut back. I felt fine at first. I felt it and then I was like, ‘Oh, something’s not right.’ Then third down came around. They threw the ball at Anquan (Boldin) and I kind of dove at him and I couldn’t get up. I was like, ‘Something’s going on.’ I tried to give it a go and just couldn’t go.”
Munnnerlyn returned for one play, then left the game for good.
“Yeah. I couldn’t do it,” he said. “I consider myself a tough guy but I couldn’t do it.”
He left the locker room after the game with a look of concern and disappointment, a brace around his right knee and his right ankle wrapped, and with the assistance of crutches.
“I wish I could go, but I know things happen,” he said. “We’ve got to see how things go (Monday) for me.”
Munnerlyn was initially replaced by rookie Mackensie Alexander, but after he had a penalty and gave up a touchdown, the Vikings moved Terence Newman to nickel with Trae Waynes and Xavier Rhodes their outside cornerbacks.