Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson suffered a torn pectoral muscle back in June and there does not seem to be much improvement in his condition. The team placed him on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp, and now as camp wraps up that is where he remains.
It has been hard for him to sit out while his teammates are practicing and getting better but he has done what he can do improve. Even though he has not been able to play, he has been out on the field every day taking mental reps from the sideline.
“Just make sure you stay in it mentally,” he said. “Make sure you know all the checks, all the calls and knowing the scheme. I have the benefit of playing in it for a year so I kind of now most of everything. Now it’s just staying on top of that.”
It would not be far fetched to think that standing out in the hot sun all day would make it hard to maintain focus on the practice field, especially when he is unable to take reps, but according to Robinson that’s not the case.
“Not really because when you’re in there you’re actually assuming that you’re in,” he said. “So it’s basically you’re making calls in your head and it just helps you stay on it.”
The team is taking things slow with Robinson’s injury because they do not want to rush him back and risk any setbacks. They are having him do a multitude of workouts to make sure the muscle is strong and ready to go when he comes back.
It gets hard for Robinson going through rehab from time to time, especially since he is feeling good and wants to do more. But he has to trust what the team’s head athletic trainer, Eric Sugarman, tells him and continue to work it.
“I’m feeling good, really good, slowly getting there,” he said. “I’m ready to push it, but we’re taking our time with it and see how it goes.”
There is currently no timetable set for when the Vikings are planning on having Robinson return to the practice field, as the team is taking it day by day. He is hoping that it is sooner rather than later because he wants to get back and prove what he is capable of doing.
“Really just prove that I can play and that I’m a starting corner,” he said. “So that’s my goal and my job to prove.”
No timetable for Josh Robinson’s return
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