Captain Munnerlyn hasn’t practiced since the first week of the Vikings’ spring workouts. But his injured foot felt good enough today for him to hop on a bicycle and take a spin around the Minnesota State Mankato campus.
The veteran cornerback thinks he will also be ready to practice with his teammates tomorrow for the first day of training camp or soon thereafter.
“Better be,” he said. “I’ve been out eight weeks, so I should be ready to roll.”
Munnerlyn is one of several Vikings players who are coming off injuries. Also sidelined or limited during the spring were defensive end Brian Robison, outside linebacker Anthony Barr and right tackle Phil Loadholt.
Coach Mike Zimmer spoke with reporters around noon, before physicals were conducted, so he wasn’t sure who would start camp on the physically unable to perform list. But he did say that Robison was expected to be good to go for the start of camp tomorrow after straining his pectoral this spring.
Barr, meanwhile, said he is close to 100 percent recovered from an offseason knee injury — not the same one he injured late in his rookie season — and that while he might “start slow” in camp, he expects to be out there.
“We talked. We had the discussion. I felt like [sitting out during the spring] was the necessary steps in order to be as healthy as possible coming into training camp,” Barr said. “I missed the time. Obviously, I would have liked to have been out there and get those reps, but I’m not too concerned.”
The Vikings must designate any PUP players before tomorrow’s practice. Cornerback Josh Robinson is expected to be on that list, but we’ll see.