Injury report: Fractured sternum may end Josh Robinson's season
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings cornerback Josh Robinson is out four to six weeks as he recovers from a fractured sternum he suffered in Sunday's loss at the Seattle Seahawks, per coach Leslie Frazier.
Robinson played a season-low 28 snaps, some through the injury, before he exited in the second half.
"At some point during the game he was making a tackle, it had been bothering him for a while, at some point he ended up making another tackle and just couldn't really get the wind back that he needed to go back out and run," Frazier said. "He noticed it in the first half and [I] talked to him in the second half and decided to let it not continue. Got to look at it, found out [Monday] he suffered a fracture."
Robinson is the most criticized member of a Vikings' pass defense that currently ranks 29th in the NFL and has allowed a league-high 23 touchdowns through the air. In his second year, Robinson has struggled mightily in switching to nickel cornerback, a position he had never played before this season, from the outside role he played as a rookie.
With six games remaining, it's possible Robinson can return, but Frazier said the coaching staff will mull over placing him on injured reserve. Rookie cornerback Xavier Rhodes is the top candidate to replace Robinson on the left side. Cornerback Marcus Sherels will retain Robinson's duties in the slot.
"We're going to talk about it when we leave here," Frazier said. "Talk with Rick [Spielman] and his staff and see what our options are."
It's too early to tell for running back Adrian Peterson, who missed practice last week and was hampered on Sunday by a groin injury. Frazier said he 'should' be ready to go this week to prepare for Sunday's matchup at Lambeau Field.
Center John Sullivan has a concussion and will have to go through the NFL concussion protocol before returning to the field, per Frazier. Reserve lineman Joe Berger took Sullivan's place and will likely continue to field any practice/game reps Sullivan misses.
Defensive tackle Fred Evans started at nose tackle on Sunday with Letroy Guion out. Evans had two tackles, one for a loss, in 22 snaps. Guion (chest) will still be the starter when he returns, Frazier said.
Frazier also categorized receiver Greg Jennings (Achilles) as too-soon-to-tell after being a surprise inactive on Sunday when he was listed as probable before the game.