Oct 21, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) celebrates a sack during the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the Metrodome. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Robison Has a Shoulder Sprain, Is Questionable for Texans Game

Brian Robison came out early in Sunday’s win over the Rams after injuring his shoulder. The defensive end was immediately taken to the locker room and declared questionable for the rest of the game. When he came back out his arm was in a sling, giving us a fair hint that he wouldn’t be returning. With Robison on the shelf the Vikes were forced to go with Everson Griffen at left end and Christian Ballard rotating in more heavily. That combo actually was a huge part of why the Vikes were able to so thoroughly tear apart the Rams’ offensive line and stymie QB Sam Bradford (at least until late in the game when they sagged into prevent defense).

But back to Robison. In his Monday presser, Leslie Frazier gave the update on the defensive end’s condition. Frazier reports that Robison has a sprained shoulder and will be listed as questionable for Sunday’s game vs. the Houston Texans. Robison will have more tests this week to determine the severity of the injury.

This shouldn’t be a matter of too much concern after the way Griffen and Ballard played. But of course you want to be at full strength for a playoff run and Robison is a big part of what the Vikings do up front. So here’s hoping he’s not too badly hurt. If he can’t go, look for D’Aundre Reed to be activated. Or maybe the Vikes could bring back Ray Edwards? I heard he’s looking for work. That was a joke. No Ray Edwards. Please.

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