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Robinson out for first half of season; Bykowski on injured reserve

The Vikings have placed cornerback Josh Robinson on the reserve PUP list.

Under this injury designation, Robinson will not count against the team’s roster. He is eligible to return as early as Week 7. At that point, the Vikings have a five-week window in which Robinson can return to practice. Once he practices, the Vikings have three weeks to add him to the active roster.

Robinson started training camp on the PUP list after partially tearing a pectoral muscle during spring workouts. He has not practiced since.

This move, which was expected, got the team’s roster down to 77 men.

Placing offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, who tore his pectoral in the second preseason game, on injured reserve got the Vikings to 76.

They must make one more cut or roster move to get to 75 by tomorrow.

Quarterback Mike Kafka was not practicing this afternoon. Instead, he stood and watched the three other quarterbacks go through position drills.

Tight end Chase Ford was there for the team stretch at the start of practice then disappeared and was not spotted again during the media access period.

Also sitting out practice at Winter Park today were starting center John Sullivan, nose tackle Shamar Stephen and outside linebacker Brian Peters.

It has now been 12 days, six practices and two preseason games since we last saw Sullivan, who is dealing with back spasms, according to the team. The Vikings have downplayed Sullivan’s injury and absences, but the fact that he still remains sidelined seems like a reasonable cause for concern.

In other injury news, rookie tight end MyCole Pruitt, who has missed the last two preseason games with an ankle injury, has returned to practice.

Running back Williams focused on improving, not on team cuts

Joe Banyard led the Vikings with 26 rushing yards in the 28-14 preseason win over the Cowboys on Saturday. The next day, he was among one 11 cuts made by the team.

The second leading rusher in that game, Dominique Williams, lives another day however. He finished the game with 25 rushing yards on six carries, and Williams is one of five running backs still on the roster at this moment. The Vikings still must make three more cuts to trim the roster to 75 players by Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT.

“It just shows that this league is unpredictable,” said Williams on Banyard. “Joe is a great guy and great at special teams. Everything that he did, he was fundamentally sound but that goes to show you that you can never be satisfied. You’ve just got to keep going and focus on the day versus tomorrow.”

The Vikings signed Williams as an undrafted free agent last year out of Wagner College in New York, but he was cut after the preseason. He spent time on the Cardinals practice squad and finished the last six weeks on the Vikings practice squad last year.

Williams has learned through that experience how to prepare for the process of training camp and the preseason, particularly with this franchise.

“You don’t know where you’re going to end up,” Williams said. “That cut is in the back of your mind but last year helped me with this year. I’m not just thinking about it, I’m just focusing on the day at hand. …You can never have enough [film]. You just got to finish where you left off and keep building on it.”

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