Captain Munnerlyn had a season-high eight tackles in Sunday's win at Oakland.
Munnerlyn continues to work as the team's nickelback and has been more involved against the run the past three games with 17 tackles.
Despite talk in the preseason that he may lose his nickelback role to first-round pick Trae Waynes, Munnerlyn has retained his third cornerback role and will cover slot receivers.
Munnerlyn was seen with a walking boot at the team facility. He apparently injured his foot last week during OTA's and tried practicing through the pain but ultimately needed a MRI.
"Come Monday, I couldn't run," Munnerlyn said. "I was like 'Oh, man, what's going on.'"
Munnerlyn is aiming to be back by the start of mandatory minicamp in a few weeks, but that he at least expects to be healthy by training camp.
"Hope so," Munnerlyn said. "So I can get out of here in the summer. If not, stay here, rehab and be ready to roll for training camp."
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"To get two young corners like that and you watch Chicago take the receiver from West Virginia, knowing the receivers that we face in Green Bay and knowing the receivers we face in Detroit," GM Rick Spielman said, per Vikings.com. "To have to young corners that I know this staff has done a tremendous job of helping our young guys. To get another young player on that side of the ball, especially a player at a position that is in Coach Zimmer’s wheelhouse. We are going to have to play some good defense and we were able to really improve last year, and I think adding a player like a Trae Waynes will definitely upgrade our defense."
That doesn't mean Waynes is guaranteed a starting spot. " I know we signed
Coach Mike Zimmer was more aggressive. "I anticipate everybody to compete for a starting job," he said.
“I’m ready for the competition,’’ Munnerlyn told the Pioneer Press on Saturday. “I’m an athlete, so I never feel like anyone can beat me out. I feel I can hold onto the job. I’m betting on myself.’’
Munnerlyn, a six-year veteran, seems to embrace the competition that will be had at the cornerback spot.
“I think it’s great,’’ said Munnerlyn, a six-year veteran. “He’s a veteran. It’s great for competition. It will bring out the best in me. I’m excited about the competition. I just know that I’ve got to play a lot better than I did last year.’’
There have been a lot of questions this offseason as to whether or not he will settle in as the team's nickel back. He wants to shed the label of being relegated to the nickel spot.
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