A little more than a month ago, veteran defensive end Brian Robison suffered a pectoral injury while working out at Winter Park. The injury was not thought to be all that serious, as Robison was back working with the team shortly after, albeit in a limited capacity.
However, Eric Oslund of Scout.com is reporting that Robison might not be fully ready to go when the Vikings start Training Camp on 25 July.
"We'll just see how it goes," Robison said when asked if he'll be ready for training camp. "Obviously I got to be smart with it. But at the end of the day, I plan on being there, plan on getting back on the field as quick as possible. We're just going to take it day by day and keep going as we're going."
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"For me, it's kind of frustrating," he said. "I want to be out there every single play with my guys. But at the end of the day, the training staff is doing a great job of making sure that I don't overdo it a little bit. I'm just looking forward to getting back out, hopefully in camp."
The Vikings had some bad experiences with pectoral injuries in 2014, as it caused them to lose the starting right side of the offensive line with Brandon Fusco going down in September and Phil Loadholt being lost for the year in November. Both of them have been limited in offseason activities thus far, though both are expected to be ready to go when Training Camp starts.
Robison being out for any length of time could potentially expose a lack of depth for the Vikings at defensive end behind Robison and Everson Griffen. Scott Crichton has gotten some hype this offseason for the strides he's made (including from Robison himself in the Scout article linked above), but he's still unproven. Behind him are a pair of rookies in Danielle Hunter and B.J. Dubose, along with Justin Trattou and journeyman Caesar Rayford.
Hopefully, by the time camp starts, Certified Athletic Trainer Eric Sugarman™ and company will have worked their magic and Robison will be ready to go. If he's not, a lot of young players are going to have an opportunity to make their mark early on.