Robinson sidelined with pectoral injury

In what has seemingly been a never-ending saga with the Vikings, yet another player – cornerback Josh Robinson – has been diagnosed with a partially torn pectoral muscle that might sideline him well into the start of the 2015 season, which gets underway later this month when the Vikings report to training camp.

It would seem pectoral injuries have become the new ACL injury, at least as it pertains to the Vikings.

On Saturday, it was first reported on Twitter and later confirmed that Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson has a partially torn pectoral muscle that is believed to have occurred prior to the Vikings' June minicamp.

The extent of the injury and the timetable for recovery are currently unknown, although rumors have surfaced that Robinson may be out into the start of the regular season. If history tells us anything, it may be a while before Robinson sees the field.

Similar injuries knocked three Vikings out of action over the last nine months. Brandon Fusco suffered a torn pectoral muscle in Week 3. The injury required surgery and Fusco missed the rest of the season. Phil Loadholt suffered a torn pec in Week 12 and missed the final four games of the season. Defensive end Brian Robison had a pectoral injury this offseason that kept him out of most of the OTA workouts and minicamp.

Robinson, a third-round pick in 2012, was going to be facing a significant challenge for playing time this season. With one cornerback spot locked down by Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings were set for a training camp/preseason battle between Robinson, rookie Trae Waynes, Captain Munnerlyn and veteran free agent signee Terence Newman.

Entering the final year of his rookie season, there was plenty of ammunition for Robinson to have a big year – either in hopes of getting a big second contract with the Vikings or to show other teams his value as an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Now those plans may be on hold. Robinson is due to make $1.55 million this season from the Vikings, but given the added competition expected at the cornerback position this season, if he’s looking to get a raise next year, he will need to find a way to get back on the field before the depth chart starts taking shape without him.


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