As the Minnesota Vikings’ third cornerback, Robinson has played in 53 percent of the defensive snaps, but his status for Sunday’s game against the Bucs is now in doubt. Despite being listed as questionable, Robinson was optimistic he would play and didn’t have a noticeable limp walking through the locker room on Friday.
“We definitely think we’re treating it and continue to try and get some treatment and rest on it and we’ll be ready in a couple days,” Robinson said.
“It’s going better. Got rolled up a little bit in the individual (drills) yesterday, but thank God it’s not too bad.”
Robinson said the injury occurred when he wasn’t even going full speed in practice, but he felt he stepped on something.
Head coach Mike Zimmer wouldn’t say if rookie Jabari Price would take Robinson’s duties if Robinson can’t play. Price is 5-foot-10, one inch taller than Robinson, and Price said he thought his size would definitely help going against a couple of 6-foot-5 receivers for Tampa Bay.
Center John Sullivan continued to practice Friday. He was limited on Thursday after passing his NFL-mandated post-concussion protocol but was a full participant on Friday. Sullivan took a knee to the head from left tackle Matt Kalil during the first quarter of Sunday’s game in Buffalo and didn’t play the rest of the game.
“(I) knew that we were in the red zone and wanted to stay in,” Sullivan said on Friday. “Got into a little bit of an argument with (athletic trainer Eric Sugarman). After a few seconds the symptoms started to subside. I was feeling fine sitting on the bench. Got into an argument, wanted to go back in and do one more round of testing in the locker room and on the way in I suffered another spell of dizziness. But it was not a catastrophic hit by any means. In order to go back into the game I was going to have to lie to the doctors and to the neurologist and I wasn’t going to do that.”
With Sullivan back in the lineup during Friday’s practice, backup center Joe Berger was seeing some time with the starters at right guard in Friday’s practice. Berger replaced Sullivan at center on Sunday.
Sullivan, Berger and Zimmer wouldn’t elaborate on who would be starting at right guard. Vladimir Ducasse, the starter at right guard for the last four games, suffered a knee injury on the same play that Sullivan was hurt and backup tackle Mike Harris had to be used there on Sunday. But it looks like Berger would be a legitimate candidate at right guard this week.
“That’s kind of been my thing since I got here. The first year I got here I started seven games at the three different spots,” Berger said of his versatility. “It’s kind of been my niche, I guess, with the Vikings. I’m prepared to play where they need me.”
Ducasse and Robinson are both listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, along with safety Antone Exum Jr. While Robinson didn’t practice Friday, Ducasse and Exum were both full participants.
LB Gerald Hodges is listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury that kept him out of last Sunday’s game. He was limited in Friday’s practice.
Tight end Kyle Rudolph remains out after sports hernia surgery on Sept. 23.
All other injured Vikings were full participants and listed as probable.
For Tampa Bay, LB Brandon Magee (knee) is out. LB Jonathan Casillas (hamstring), T Anthony Collins (knee), S Dashon Goldson (ankle), WR Vincent Jackson (rib), QB Josh McCown (right thumb) and S Keith Tandy (hamstring) are questionable. C Johnthan Banks (neck) is probable.