Vikings deactivate Brian Robison, giving Everson Griffen first start
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HOUSTON -- One week wasn't enough time for Brian Robison's right shoulder to heal.
The Minnesota Vikings deactivated their starting left end for Sunday's crucial game at Houston, seven days after Robison suffered a Grade 3 sprain in a win over St. Louis.
That meant Everson Griffen was in line for his first NFL start and George Johnson -- the former Tampa Bay end promoted from the practice squad on Saturday -- was in line for action as well, with D'Aundre Reed inactive as usual.
Inactive for the Texans were: cornerback Alan Ball; offensive linemen Antoine Caldwell, Andrew Gardner and Cody White; nose tackle Terrell McClain, safety Quintin Demps and cornerback Stanford Routt.
Demps was benched in favor of Eddie Pleasant, a rookie from Oregon who was set to make his NFL debut.