Patterson eager to practice, but Vikings remain cautious

  • Article by: MATT VENSEL , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 27, 2014 - 11:48 PM

Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson caught a few passes during training camp Sunday, but the Vikings have yet to clear the second-year receiver to practice because of a foot injury.

Photo: Jerry Holt, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

– Cordarrelle Patterson is feeling better. So much better, he says he could ace Mike Zimmer’s conditioning test (never mind that the Vikings coach is no longer requiring him to take it). Heck, Patterson even offered to run it backward. He’s that sick of standing around.

The Vikings have yet to clear the second-year receiver, who is dealing with a foot injury, rendering him a spectator. But the sight of him going through the motions at Sunday’s morning walk­through suggested he could soon participate in a practice for the first time in training camp.

“It’s feeling a lot better than it did last week, so I hope here soon,” Patterson said. “I hope I can practice [Monday]. It’s whatever the trainers say.”

Patterson said he injured his left foot training in California last week. As soon as he reported to Minnesota, he took the injury straight to Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman. The team declared it a minor injury and opted not to have him start training camp on the physically able to perform list.

“It was just overtraining,” said Patterson, who scored nine touchdowns as a rookie. “I felt like I was running too many routes and I just kept going and tweaked my foot a little bit.”

Zimmer indicated Sunday morning that Patterson will “probably stay with the walk­throughs for maybe another day.” The Vikings will have a Monday night practice, which figures to be well-attended by the masses in Mankato, before giving players Tuesday off.

Blanton impresses

Robert Blanton took advantage of injuries to fellow safeties Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo this spring. He often was lined up next to Harrison Smith on the first-team defense, something that carried over into the first three days of training camp.

“Robert has honestly impressed me with being in the right place all the time, he has really good ball skills, and he has made a couple really, really nice plays on the ball. He has been very solid and steady,” Zimmer said. “What I don’t know about him yet is how he is going to be in the tackling, the run support, the man coverage stuff.”

Sanford, a starter in 2012 and 2013, is running with the second- and third-stringers for now. Zimmer and the new coaching staff hardly saw him play this spring and are looking for him show them something. Sanford has been underestimated in similar position battles in the past only to prove victorious.

Keeping in touch

Mankato has been a little quieter this summer without a certain mulleted madman who wore No. 69 running around. Jared Allen is missed, but Vikings players are moving on.

“Jared’s not here? I didn’t even notice,” defensive end Brian Robison said. “No, we all miss Jared. I think we all noticed the first day in meetings that things were just kind of different. And the bottom line is that he moved to another team in the division, and I told him this about a week before we reported to training camp, that I hope he keeps his streak alive of not winning in Chicago.”

Robison and Allen, who used to race each other to the quarterback, remain close, leading to Robison and the now-Bears defensive end to engage in friendly trash talk through text messages.

“It’s all in good fun,” Robison said. “I hope the best for him.”

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions


Baltimore 2 FINAL
Detroit 15
NY Yankees 5 FINAL
Philadelphia 5
Northeastern 1 FINAL
Boston 2
Miami-Fla 1 FINAL
Miami 7
Pittsburgh 8 FINAL
Toronto 7
San Francisco 4 FINAL
Oakland 9
Cleveland 0 FINAL
Cincinnati 10
Boston College 0 FINAL
Boston 1
Arizona State 0 FINAL
Arizona 4
Boston 79 FINAL
Cleveland 110
LA Lakers 103 FINAL
Charlotte 104
Sacramento 124 FINAL
New York 86
Houston 96 FINAL
Atlanta 104
Utah 93 FINAL
Memphis 82
Washington 92 FINAL
Chicago 97
Milwaukee 95 FINAL
Denver 106
Nashville 1 FINAL
New Jersey 3
Calgary 3 FINAL(OT)
Philadelphia 2
Washington 5 FINAL
Columbus 3
Buffalo 0 FINAL
Tampa Bay 3
Toronto 3 FINAL
Florida 2
Ottawa 2 FINAL(SO)
Minnesota 3
NY Islanders 2 FINAL(OT)
Dallas 3
Anaheim 4 FINAL
Arizona 1
Los Angeles 5 FINAL
Edmonton 2
San Jose 6 FINAL
Vancouver 2
Ole Miss 82 FINAL
Alabama 74
Eastern Mich 67 FINAL
Ball State 60
Kent State 81 FINAL
Bowling Green 80
Ohio 66 FINAL
Buffalo 93
Georgetown 60 FINAL
Butler 54
Toledo 77 FINAL
Central Mich 85
Rhode Island 59 FINAL
Dayton 75
Youngstown St 67 FINAL
Detroit 77
North Carolina 81 FINAL
Georgia Tech 49
Loyola-Maryland 45 FINAL
Holy Cross 62
Iowa 77 FINAL
Indiana 63
Akron 63 FINAL
Miami-Ohio 70
Army 52 FINAL
Navy 56
Maryland 60 FINAL
Rutgers 50
Kennesaw St 54 FINAL
USC Upstate 90
Jacksonville 63 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 81
Lipscomb 76 FINAL
Northern Ky 73
Stetson 67 FINAL
North Florida 81
Wright State 57 FINAL
Ill-Chicago 60
Western Mich 63 FINAL
Northern Ill 65
Nebraska Omaha 80 FINAL
North Dakota 78
Houston Baptist 71 FINAL
Abilene Christian 83
NC State 66 FINAL
Clemson 61
Texas A&M 62 FINAL
Florida 66
Kentucky 72 FINAL
Georgia 64
West Virginia 69 FINAL
Kansas 76
Auburn 61 FINAL
Missouri 63
Michigan 78 FINAL
Northwestern 82
Villanova 76 FINAL
Creighton 72
Longwood 55 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 63
Charleston Southern 39 FINAL
Presbyterian 47
Coastal Carolina 54 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 68
UMass Lowell 60
West Virginia 55 FINAL
Kansas State 59
Texas 79
Fresno State 61 FINAL
Air Force 41
San Jose St 76 FINAL
Boise State 91
Nevada 61 FINAL
Colorado State 68
San Diego State 76
Wyoming 61 FINAL
Utah State 57
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters



Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9




question of the day

Poll: With Adrian Peterson's suspension overturned, what should the Vikings do?

Weekly Question