MANKATO, Minn. -- In announcing Latavius Murray's right ankle surgery on March 22, the Minnesota Vikings released a statement saying he would "fully recover and be available for training camp."
More than four months later, however, Murray remains on the physically unable to perform list and thus ineligible to practice. Brett Favre Jerseys He said Monday there is "no timetable" for his return, but expressed confidence he could be ready for the regular season even if he misses training camp -- a view that coach Mike Zimmer does not appear to share.
"He is a smart guy," Zimmer said, "but he needs to get out there."
Murray has missed the first five days of camp, and if his return is imminent, he provided no indications Monday. As we noted over the weekend, rookie Dalvin Cook has taken the early lead to start in what was expected to be an interesting camp competition. Harrison Smith Jerseys Although the Vikings' original statement said he would be ready for training camp -- presumably from the beginning -- Murray said Monday: "As of right now, I'm not behind or anything."
Murray had a similar procedure on his left ankle earlier in his career but said he has not been able to use that experience to predict recovery from his most recent.
"You can't treat any injury the same," he said. Stefon Diggs Jerseys "Even if it's the same surgery, you can't treat the recovery process the same way. Everyone is different and so I'm just trusting the process."
Murray signed on March 16 with the Vikings and had surgery six days later. Teddy Bridgewater Jerseys The Vikings said they were aware the surgery was required before they agreed to the deal. He missed all of the Vikings' offseason work and hasn't taken a single snap with their offense. Zimmer's frustration notwithstanding, Murray made clear he can prepare for the season no matter how much summer work he misses.
"Most definitely," he said. Adrian Peterson Jerseys "At the end of the day, football is football. For me, it's just making sure physically I'm OK. But the mental part of it, it's a game I've been playing all my life."