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Munnerlyn Took Cues from Watching Vikings on TV

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Captain Munnerlyn has battled knee and ankle injuries over the past month, but he's chomping at the bit at the thought of playing on Turkey Day.

The Vikings nickel cornerback said Monday that he's turned his attention to getting ready for Thursday's 11:30 a.m. (CT) road game against Detroit.

"It's Monday after a game, so I'm feeling kind of sore," Munnerlyn said. "But at the same time, I've got to get my mind right and get ready for this Thursday. 

"I know what I signed up for and I know my team needs me to play," he added. "I'll be ready to go."

Munnerlyn played just six snaps against the Lions on Nov. 6 before he was injured. The 28-year-old then missed Minnesota's Nov. 13 game at Washington, snapping his consecutive games played streak at 72.

Munnerlyn, who returned to the field Sunday against Arizona, said Monday that he picked up on little tendencies when he watched the Washington game on television.

"I watched the game; me and Adrian (Peterson) were kind of texting each other back and forth talking about it," Munnerlyn said. "You see a lot when you watch the game. I knew the coverage that guys were in so I was like, 'Man, if we could have did this or did that.' Or if I was out there, what would have happened?

"You put yourself in the guys' shoes, but you definitely see a whole lot when you're out," he added.

Munnerlyn said he's looking forward to playing in front of a national audience Thursday in the Motor City. Both Minnesota and Detroit sit at 6-4 and are tied atop the NFC North.

"I've never played on Thanksgiving," Munnerlyn said. "I'm excited … hopefully I can come away with a turkey leg or something."

Robison reflects

Brian Robison's sack of Carson Palmer on Sunday gave him 53.5 for his career and moved him into the top 10 Vikings all-time.

Robison passed Keith Millard, who had 53 in seven seasons, and needs 2.5 more to tie Henry Thomas for ninth. Thomas had 56 in his eight seasons in Minnesota.

The appreciation that Robison has for past Vikings adds value to joining the top 10.

"It's a huge honor," Robison said. "We've got such a rich tradition in here with Vikings d-linemen, so it's definitely an honor to even have my name mentioned among those guys, and it's something that I'm very proud to have."

Affecting the passer

The Vikings limited Palmer to a passer rating of 63.3, dropping the combined passer rating of opposing quarterbacks this season to 73.4.

It was the second-lowest this season and third-lowest by Palmer since the start of the 2015 season. It also was an impressive response one week after Kirk Cousins posted a passer rating of 110.9, the highest of any foe this season.

Thursday's opponent, Matthew Stafford, posted a passer rating of 87.6 on Nov. 6, the third-highest against the Vikings in 2016.


Neither the Vikings nor the Lions practiced on Monday, allowing a day of recovery for players after Sunday's games. The teams issued how players would be classified had they practiced.

For the Vikings: Marcus Sherels (rib/ankle), Terence Newman (neck), Harrison Smith (ankle), Tom Johnson (illness), Sharrif Floyd (knee) were classified as did not participate. Stefon Diggs (knee), Eric Kendricks (hip) and Munnerlyn (ankle) were listed as limited. Mackensie Alexander (shoulder) would have fully participated.

For the Lions: DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle), S Don Carey (hamstring), C/G Graham Glasgow (ankle), LB DeAndre Levy (knee), RB Theo Riddick (ankle) and DT Khyri Thornton (foot) were classified as limited.

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