Although none of the Minnesota Vikings' injuries have been considered serious, the amount of minor injuries at cornerback over the last several days could have an effect on the preseason opener.
Xavier Rhodes and Josh Robinson, who are in the middle of a battle for the starting cornerback spot opposite Chris Cook, have both been limited by minor injuries. Each is dealing with a hamstring injury.
"It's just a little bother in my leg and I'll work through it," Robinson said.
Still, during one-on-one work, it appears Robinson tweaked the hamstring while trying to stay with the double moves of Greg Jennings. Robinson was shut down for the remainder of that practice period but returned during full-team work and broke up a pass intended for Jennings.
"He's tough (to defend). Having a guy like that to go against in practice, it makes you better for the games," Robinson said.
Robinson is trying to get acclimated to a move inside to the nickel cornerback spot after spending his rookie season working on the outside. There are some major differences in the two positions.
"One, you have run fit and then it's all new assignments – different drops as far as zone coverages and stuff like that. It's just different because I haven't been there before," he said.
But the more physical nature of the position will make Friday's game important for Robinson. He will get a chance to show what he can do as a run defender while playing closer to the action.
"Definitely. It's going to be an opportunity to show that I can play inside and do it well," he said.
Of course, that's predicated on the notion that he will be able to play through the hamstring injury, an inquiry that was met with only an "I hope so" and "Lord willing" when asked about his availability for Friday.
Rhodes said twice after sitting out Monday's practice that he is "day by day" and wasn't making any predictions for Friday's preseason opener.
CB A.J. Jefferson was also limited Monday for unspecified reasons, and CB Brandon Burton was slow to get up after an injury to his right ankle.
"Not overly concerned unless it lingers, so we'll see," head coach Leslie Frazier said about Bishop. "He will be day-to-day and hopefully we can get him back and get him some action on Friday night, but we'll have to wait and see."
"We're going to continue to have padded practice," he said. "We're working towards the regular season and so I think those padded practices are necessary this time of year."
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