Robison Returns, Looking To Shake Rust

Defensive end Brian Robison is back practicing with the Vikings and looking to play on Thursday for the first time this preseason. See what Robison had to say about his strange ordeal with a varicose vein that sidelined him for the majority of August.

Brian Robison returned to full practice Monday, looking to put a rare case (for a football player) of a malfunctioning varicose vein behind him.

"So far (Monday), everything felt fine, pretty much normal," Robison said after practice. "From what I've felt so far, I'm pretty much recovered from it. I haven't felt any pain in the last week. No soreness. It feels pretty much normal."

Robison was sidelined for most of training camp and the first three preseason games and he agreed that the condition is a strange one for a football player to deal with.

"It is, especially with therapy there isn't a whole lot you can do. It's not like you can get in there and work on veins. It's not like a ligament or cartilage or stuff like that. You've just got to keep a good outlook on it and just keep going," he said.

After discovering that the vein wasn't functioning properly, doctors simply removed it because of two complications. First, he had two blood clots in the vein and then he had valves in the upper leg that weren't allowing the blood to come back up. He said that the other veins in the leg make up for the lost blood flow from the one that was removed.

The long-term effect of the procedure for the defensive end?

"There is none," Robison said. "That was the whole point of them going in and they ripped it out. It's not there anymore. Whatever was there is gone, so it's just an empty space now."

Actually, Robison is the one hoping to fill another void. With Kenechi Udeze recovering from a bone marrow bone transplant as part of his fight against leukemia and Jayme Mitchell placed on injured reserve, the Vikings were already short two defensive ends. Getting Robison back into the rotation should help that thin spot.

Robison is hoping to play on Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys and shake whatever rust might have entered his game during his recovery.

"I don't feel like it will affect me as far as the way I play or anything like that. I could go out and be a little rusty. You never know. That's really what these two days of practice are all about, making sure that even though we don't have pads on I'm taking the right steps and I'm putting my hands in the right places," he said.

Robison said earlier in the offseason that he was "absolutely terrible" last year in his rookie season after watching film of his performances. That's probably being a little hard on himself, as he did manage 4 ½ sacks in his first season in the league, but he felt like he wore down as the season progressed and wasn't eating right.

Now, after almost a month away from the game and with one fewer vein in his body, Robison is ready to report for duty.

"I'm a guy that loves to play the game. I have a great passion for this game. It really kind of puts things in perspective that at any point in time it can be taken away from you," he said. "It was very hard to sit there at home and watch it on TV and then be there on the sidelines. Being around the guys and not being a part of it was really hard."



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\"So far (Monday), everything felt fine, pretty much normal,\" Robison said after practice. \"From what I've felt so far, I'm pretty much recovered from it. I haven't felt any pain in the last week. No soreness. It feels pretty much normal.\"

Robison was sidelined for most of training camp and the first three preseason games and he agreed that the condition is a strange one for a football player to deal with.

\"It is, especially with therapy there isn't a whole lot you can do. It's not like you can get in there and work on veins. It's not like a ligament or cartilage or stuff like that. You've just got to keep a good outlook on it and just keep going,\" he said.

After discovering that the vein wasn't functioning properly, doctors simply removed it because of two complications. First, he had two blood clots in the vein and then he had valves in the upper leg that weren't allowing the blood to come back up. He said that the other veins in the leg make up for the lost blood flow from the one that was removed.

The long-term effect of the procedure for the defensive end?

\"There is none,\" Robison said. \"That was the whole point of them going in and they ripped it out. It's not there anymore. Whatever was there is gone, so it's just an empty space now.\"

Actually, Robison is the one hoping to fill another void. With Kenechi Udeze recovering from a bone marrow bone transplant as part of his fight against leukemia and Jayme Mitchell placed on injured reserve, the Vikings were already short two defensive ends. Getting Robison back into the rotation should help that thin spot.

Robison is hoping to play on Thursday night against the Dallas Cowboys and shake whatever rust might have entered his game during his recovery.

\"I don't feel like it will affect me as far as the way I play or anything like that. I could go out and be a little rusty. You never know. That's really what these two days of practice are all about, making sure that even though we don't have pads on I'm taking the right steps and I'm putting my hands in the right places,\" he said.

Robison said earlier in the offseason that he was \"absolutely terrible\" last year in his rookie season after watching film of his performances. That's probably being a little hard on himself, as he did manage 4 ½ sacks in his first season in the league, but he felt like he wore down as the season progressed and wasn't eating right.

Now, after almost a month away from the game and with one fewer vein in his body, Robison is ready to report for duty.

\"I'm a guy that loves to play the game. I have a great passion for this game. It really kind of puts things in perspective that at any point in time it can be taken away from you,\" he said. \"It was very hard to sit there at home and watch it on TV and then be there on the sidelines. Being around the guys and not being a part of it was really hard.\"


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