The Minnesota Vikings are getting cornerback Josh Robinson back at practice this week after he tore his pectoral muscle while lifting weights in the offseason, prompting the team to look into a series of pectoral injuries.
However, while Robinson will be back on the practice field, it seems unlikely he will be ready for game action Sunday against the Detroit Lions. Robinson was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform list before the regular season began, meaning this is the first opportunity he could come back from that designation.
“He comes to all the meetings, pays attention to all that stuff. We’ll just have to see how it goes today as we get going,” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “This week, it’s different when you’re watching than when you’re covering somebody so that will be a little bit different I’m sure.”
The Vikings are much deeper at cornerback this year, giving them the luxury of working Robinson back slowly and they have three weeks to make a roster move with him, which in turn could affect another player’s roster spot.
The news on Everson Griffen’s return from illness that caused him to be inactive against the Kansas City Chiefs is more up in the air.
“He’s finishing up some tests today. We anticipate that everything will finish up good,” Zimmer said. “I don’t know that he will be at practice today.”
Griffen practice fully on Friday, but he was a surprise deactivation on Sunday when he checked in ill. He has made some appearances at the Vikings’ facility this week as medical personnel monitor his illness.
It was just one of the issues the Vikings were having on the defensive line. They placed backup nose tackle Shamar Stephen on injured reserve, ending his season, with a foot injury on Tuesday and signed defensive tackle Kenrick Ellis in his Stephen’s place.
“(He is) big, strong, similar to Shamar – more of a run defender,” Zimmer said of Ellis. “He’s been with a couple different schemes. I think our scheme will fit a little bit of what he wants to do.”
Zimmer said Stephen would have been out about eight weeks, making the move to injured reserve a logical decision.
“He had a good year up until this point,” Zimmer said. “I thought he played well when he was in there and he is nice kid.”