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Captain Munnerlyn Downgraded To Out For Sunday

One of the league’s top slot cornerbacks will be watching Sunday’s game from the sideline.

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If the Minnesota Vikings are going to stop the high-flying offense of the Washington Redskins on Sunday at FedEx Field, they’re going to have to do so without a pretty significant part of their defense.

Slot cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, who had been listed as “questionable” on Friday’s final injury report, has officially been downgraded to “out” for Sunday’s game in Washington.

Munnerlyn had a pretty outstanding second season for the Vikings after his first season with Minnesota was a bit of a bust. He admitted to freelancing too much in his first season, and last year proved himself to be one of the best slot corners in the NFL.

To compensate for his loss, the Vikings could move the venerable Terence Newman to the slot and let Xavier Rhodes and Trae Waynes cover the outside. They could also move rookie Mackensie Alexander, who is widely thought to be getting groomed as Munnerlyn’s replacement, into the slot and continue their regular corner rotation on the outside.

Whatever they choose to do, the Captain will be relegated to watching things from the sideline tomorrow.