On Wednesday, the Minnesota Vikings welcomed cornerback Josh Robinson back to practice for the first time since he injured his pectoral muscle prior to Training Camp.
Robinson's injury was caused by a fall during drills back in June. He was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List by the team during the first week of Training Camp, and remained there into the regular season.
Per NFL rules, now that Robinson has practiced with the team, the Vikings have three weeks to decide whether or not to add Robinson back to the 53-man active roster. That gives them until 11 November to make up their minds. If they do not, he will revert to the Injured Reserve list and his season will be over.
If Robinson does come back to the team, it's uncertain where he's going to fall in the cornerback rotation. Xavier Rhodes and Terence Newman have established themselves as the starters to this point, and Captain Munnerlyn is experiencing a bit of a renaissance now that he's being allowed to play in the slot full-time. First-round pick Trae Waynes has been working into the rotation with Newman, and the Vikings appear to be wanting to get him more snaps. Second-year man Jabari Price also returned to the team recently, but has been scratched for the past couple of games with a shoulder issue. In addition, Minnesota's ultimate survivor, Marcus Sherels, can play cornerback in a pinch but is primarily on the team for his prowess as a punt returner.
Robinson had a pretty good bounce-back season in 2014 after a disastrous 2013 that saw him play a lot as a slot corner. However, the Minnesota defensive backfield that he's attempting to return to appears to be deeper and more talented than the one he was a part of last season.