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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Vikings Injury Update: Cordarrelle Patterson out with foot injury


By on 7/27/2014 03:00:00 PM

The 2014 NFL season is right around the corner and a majority of the 32 teams in the league have already started their mandatory training camps around the country.  Unfortunately, injuries are beginning to pile up as players take the field for the first time since Organized Team Activities wrapped up in late spring. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is one of the unlucky ones stranded on the sidelines, forced to watch his team practice and unable to participate.  ESPN.com's Ben Goessling reports that Patterson has a foot injury, although details are scarce.

Patterson is one of the most exciting players on Minnesota's roster, an explosive all-around offensive threat that is just as dangerous on special teams as he is at receiver. The Vikings chose Patterson in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft out of the University of Tennessee after he had an enormous year for the Volunteers in 2012.  In just one year at Tennessee, Patterson racked up 1,858 yards with 10 touchdowns in multiple positions including wide receiver, running back, kickoff and punt returner.
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At the end of last season, Patterson displayed explosive playmaking ability in the return game, out of the backfield and improved skill in the pass attack as the year progressed. His combination of size, speed and toughness are tailor-made for today's NFL.  During this offseason, words have been scrawled in every nook of the Internet praising Patterson and predicting a monster season. The 23 year-old posted 2,020 yards with nine touchdowns playing in multiple positions for Minnesota last year as a rookie.


As training camp began for the Vikings this past week, Patterson got off to a slow start, spending Friday and Saturday sidelined with a reportedly "minor" foot injury. There are no details about how he injured it or what the exact diagnosis might be. The Vikings aren’t saying much either but head coach Mike Zimmer is willing to say that he doesn’t expect Patterson, who didn’t take the team’s conditioning test on Thursday, to miss much more time as a result:
He’s improving every day. I saw him do some stuff (Saturday). … I’ll be surprised if it’s long (that Patterson is out). He’ll be all right. He got out of it, I guess. They’re working pretty hard in the rehab, so they work probably harder than guys out on the field.
The encouraging news from this morning is that Patterson participated in the Vikings' walk-through:

Nagging injuries in late July don't merit much attention, but Patterson's setback bears watching because of how valuable he is to new offensive coordinator Norv Turner's passing attack.  The hope for Patterson during training camp this summer is that he can further polish his skills so the Vikings can make more use of his ample athletic abilities on offense.

Any injury is a threat to any player and any team, but a quick return to the field should leave Patterson with plenty of time to sharpen his skills before the start of the season in 39 days.





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