Vikings Beat: Cordarrelle Patterson should be back soon

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who left the team's Friday practice after landing awkwardly on his left shoulder following a diving catch, should be back relatively soon.

A league source said Saturday morning that Patterson's injury was "minor in nature," and added it shouldn't take Patterson too long to get back to 100 percent.

The news likely comes as a relief for the 2013 first-round pick, who again led the NFL in kick return average last season but didn't have his fifth-year option picked up this spring.

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Patterson spent time with a route-running coach this offseason, though, and coach Mike Zimmer sounded encouraged by Patterson's approach during the Vikings' OTAs and minicamp this spring. If the receiver can get back on the field soon, he'll try to make the most of his opportunities to develop in the Vikings' offense, the story all said.

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