Josh Robinson is back on the active roster for the Minnesota Vikings after spending the first eight weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.
In order to make room for Robinson, the Vikings released tight end Chase Ford.
Robinson said he was close to being ready at the start of the regular season after injuring a pectoral muscle while lifting weights in the offseason, and he had a hard time waiting for his opportunity over the last two months.
“It’s bothersome, but it comes with the job sometimes. You’re just trying to get through, keep getting better and be ready when it’s time,” he said last week.
He said he could have tried to play at the start of the season but admitted “it would have bothered me.”
“I wouldn’t have been afraid to try, but it wasn’t worth it,” he said. “We sat it out and let it heal and now we’re good.”
Those moves are likely to keep Robinson’s role on defense to a minimum if Newman recovers in time from his concussion on Sunday to play against the Oakland Raiders this weekend.
“It’s part of the league. I was told before I even got here what it would be like. Every year someone is coming in to take your job,” he said. “That’s the way it’s been from my first year to my second year – drafting (Xavier Rhodes) and then the year after that bringing these guys in. It’s nothing new to me, it’s really just trying to improve and get better.”
He said he couldn’t wait to get back on the field but realizes his initial role may be more of “insurance” than an immediate contributor on defense. He knows he will have to guard against trying to do too much when his chance comes.
“It’s really just do your job. Football is simple. It’s consistency. A lot of teams do pretty much the same things. It don’t really change,” he said. “If you just get your job done, you’ll be successful. Once you get to that point, it’s easy. Once you know, OK, I know my job and I know how to do my job and I can get my job done, it comes easy.
“I think I have that insurance of knowing the defense, knowing the ins and outs of different coverages and knowing where I can take risks, where I can’t take risks and things like that just because I understand our defense like the back of my hand.”
Robinson has been practicing for the last three weeks, but the Vikings had to make a decision on Wednesday with his roster status. Before that, he was working on his “mental reps” and physical conditioning.
“Just getting back in practice I was excited, waking up at 5 o’clock in the morning to come to meetings and stuff like that,” he said. “I can only imagine how excited I’ll be and just can’t wait to get back out there.”
His wait is over.