The cornerback is expected to miss at least a month.
The Vikings defensive backfield keeps taking hits.
Starting cornerback Josh Robinson left Sunday’s 41-20 loss at Seattle because of a fractured sternum and will miss at least a month.
All four starters in the secondary have missed games this season. Safety Harrison Smith (turf toe) is on injured reserve/designated for return and is expected back for the final three games of the season. Robinson, with six games remaining, could go on injured reserve and be lost for the season; coach Leslie Frazier said that option would be discussed.
Frazier said the injury occurred on a first-half tackle, and Robinson continued to play but was having problems catching his breath.
“We decided not to let him continue until we got a look at it, and found out today he suffered a fracture,” Frazier said.
Xavier Rhodes likely will replace Robinson as the starting left cornerback, and Marcus Sherels would replace Rhodes at nickel back.
Robinson, a second-year player from Central Florida, had 58 tackles and one forced fumble this season.
Frazier was surprised wide receiver Greg Jennings didn’t suit up against the Seahawks. Frazier listed Jennings as probable Friday while dealing with an Achilles’ tendon injury, but Jennings was inactive Sunday.
“There was nothing in my mind that made me think on Friday that he wouldn’t be able to go,” Frazier said. “It wasn’t until maybe Saturday night when I talked to him right before our team meeting that I got a hint that there was a potential chance that he might not be able to go, and even then I thought he’d be fine when he got up the next day. … Just wasn’t able to do it, so we had to scratch him. That was a tough one because we did expect him to be able to play.”
Cordarrelle Patterson and Jarius Wright started at wide receiver for Jennings and Jerome Simpson, who received fewer snaps following his drunken-driving arrest on Nov. 9.
Patterson was targeted nine times and had three catches for 28 yards. He played in 43 of the team’s 74 snaps on offense. Wright had three catches for 69 yards and two touchdowns and led the unit with 48 snaps.
“It was good for [Patterson] get the snaps that he got and to come up with the catches that he made,” Frazier said. “We targeted him more than we actually got the ball to him. They did some good things coverage-wise as well, but I thought overall he did a good job.”
Center John Sullivan left the Seattle game because of a concussion and must pass the NFL-mandated tests before he is cleared for Sunday’s game at Green Bay.
Sullivan, a six-year veteran, has 36 consecutive starts (including playoffs) for the Vikings, dating to Oct. 30, 2011, against the Panthers. Sullivan has missed only three games in his career.
Running back Adrian Peterson was bothered by a groin injury and had only 65 yards on 21 carries.
|Boston||8||Top 9th Inning|
|Oklahoma City||96||4th Qtr 6:05|
|Dallas||3||1st OT 3:17|
|NY Islanders||3||3rd Prd 9:44|
|Vancouver||0||2nd Prd 13:03|
|Fla Gulf Coast||62|
|Savannah State||54||2nd Half 1:00|
|South Alabama||71||2nd Half 7:09|
|Alabama State||41||2nd Half 15:30|
|Alabama A&M||36||2nd Half 11:50|
|Sam Houston St||36||2nd Half 17:00|
|Central Arkansas||49||2nd Half 3:31|
|Portland State||47||2nd Half 3:15|
|Southern U||31||2nd Half|
|Alcorn State||40||2nd Half 16:00|
|Houston Baptist||54||2nd Half 7:39|
|Ark-Little Rock||47||2nd Half 7:43|
|SE Louisiana||38||2nd Half 17:14|
|VA Commonwealth||21||2nd Half|
|Miss Valley St||0|
|Sacramento St||40||2nd Half 16:19|
|Northwestern St||34||2nd Half|
|Stephen F Austin||52|
|North Texas||31||2nd Half 14:26|
|Colorado||46||2nd Half 12:58|
|Idaho||34||2nd Half 18:20|
|Abilene Christian||19||2nd Half|
|Eastern Wash||49||2nd Half 14:26|
|Eastern Ill||24||2nd Half|
|Bradley||20||1st Half 1:28|
|Cal State Fullerton||5||1st Half 15:33|
|CS-Northridge||5||1st Half 15:27|
|Long Beach State||5|
|UC Riverside||7||1st Half 15:49|
|(18) Texas A&M||57|
|East Tenn St||73|
|Sam Houston St||73||FINAL|
|Stephen F Austin||56|
|Miss Valley St||0|
|Georgia Tech||59||2nd Half 3:00|
|(15) North Carolina||74|
|Presbyterian||52||2nd Half 4:39|
|Vanderbilt||42||2nd Half 8:57|
|Colorado||41||2nd Half 18:48|
|San Francisco||43||2nd Half 17:42|
|Idaho State||33||2nd Half 16:29|
|Weber State||24||2nd Half 18:50|
|Purdue||30||1st Half 1:41|
|Cal-Irvine||6||1st Half 14:14|
|Cal State Fullerton||10|
|Long Beach St||3||1st Half 19:19|
|Hawaii||6||1st Half 17:39|
|UC Santa Barbara||4|
|UC Davis||5||1st Half 15:42|
|Northern Ariz||9||1st Half 16:30|
|Southern Utah||1||1st Half 17:13|
|Aug 8 - vs. Oakland||7 pm||X||10-6|
|Aug 16 - vs. Arizona||7:30 pm||X||30-28|
|Aug 23 - at Kansas City||7 pm||X||30-12|
|Aug 28 - at Tennessee||7 pm||X||19-3|
|2014 regular season|
|Sep 7 - at St. Louis||Noon||X||34-6|
|Sep 14 - vs. New England||Noon||X||30-7|
|Sep 21 - at New Orleans||Noon||X||20-9|
|Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta||3:25 pm||X||41-28|
|Oct 2 - at Green Bay||7:25 pm||X||42-10|
|Oct 12 - vs. Detroit||Noon||X||17-3|
|Oct 19 - at. Buffalo||Noon||X||17-16|
|Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay||Noon||X||19-13 ot|
|Nov 2 - vs. Washington||Noon||X||29-26|
|Nov 9 - Bye|
|Nov 16 - at Chicago||Noon||X||21-13|
|Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay||Noon||X||24-21|
|Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina||Noon||X||31-13|
|Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets||Noon||X||30-24 ot|
|Dec 14 - at Detroit||3:25 pm||X||16-14|
|Dec 21 - at Miami||Noon||X||37-35|
|Dec 28 - vs. Chicago||Noon||X||13-9|
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