Brian Robison has been forced to sit out for a majority of the Minnesota Vikings offseason workouts because of an injured pectoral muscle. He was limited at minicamp on Tuesday but did participate in individual and position drills.
However, he is not yet sure if he will be ready to go by training camp, which starts on July 25. It is Robison’s ninth year in the NFL and the team has to be more careful bringing him back.
“We’ll just see how it goes,” Robison said when asked if he’ll be ready for training camp. “Obviously I got to be smart with it. But at the end of the day, I plan on being there, plan on getting back on the field as quick as possible. We’re just going to take it day by day and keep going as we’re going.”
Having to sit back and wait while his body heals is hard for Robison. He is the type of player that wants to be out there every play with his teammates, but at this point in time he needs to be patient.
“For me, it’s kind of frustrating,” he said. “I want to be out there every single play with my guys. But at the end of the day, the training staff is doing a great job of making sure that I don’t overdo it a little bit. I’m just looking forward to getting back out, hopefully in camp.”
Even though he wishes he could be out there playing, Robison has been in the NFL long enough to realize that him missing time means other players are getting extra reps. That can really improve their performance, especially the young defensive players on the team. If the Vikings are going to be able to improve from their 2014 season, a lot of young players are going to have to step up.
“Scott (Crichton) has made huge leaps this year in what he’s doing,” Robison said. “Danielle (Hunter) has done a great job of really changing over the last few weeks, so he’s coming along well. That’s what we’re going to need. We’re going to need guys that can come in and really be able to give us some depth at that position and allow us to kind of rotate throughout the season.”
Even though it is hard for Robison to be limited in practices, he is just glad to be out on the field again. He is one of the leaders for the team and just being out there allows him to help out the younger players and coach them up.
He realizes that the situation he is in could be a lot worse than it actually is.
“It always feels good to be able to get back out on the field and do some things,” Robison said. “That’s the good thing for me. It could always be worse. I’m just happy to still be there.”
Robison uncertain for start of training camp
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