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Minneosota Vikings: Everson Griffen Will Have Great Opportunity with Brian Robison Injury

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Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

There are times when you can label injuries as a blessing in disguise. Not necessarily for the player that’s injured, but sometimes it can work out that way for the team. While I’m not ready to say this is the case with DE Brian Robison‘s injury, it could very well provide the opportunity that Everson Griffen needs to break out.

Robison went down Sunday with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder during the Minnesota Vikings win over the St. Louis Rams.

At first I panicked and thought the d-line was going to be in trouble, but then I remembered who the backup would be, Griffen. The only problem Griffen has had this year was getting on the field, so problem solved.

Almost immediately Griffen made an impact, as he intercepted a Sam Bradford pass and proceeded to take it to the house. Griffen showed his tremendous athletic ability on the play, as he blazed down the sideline into the end zone. The announcers even remarked that he looked like a linebacker out there, which is funny because the Vikings tried him out at as hybrid linebacker during the preseason. They were merely trying to get him on the field anyway possible, and it looks like through this injury, Griffen may have found his way.

There is currently no timetable for Robison’s return, but he will undergo an MRI to reveal the full extent of the damage. It looked like he was in a lot of pain, and he was seen on the sideline later in the game in an arm sling. My guess is that Griffen will get the start this Sunday against the Houston Texans.

So after a couple years of being a backup, Griffen looks like he finally has a chance to be a starter. The third-year player is clearly talented, he’s paid his dues, and now it’s time to show what he can do on the field throughout an entire game.

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