Lions' Robinson expected to get nod with Reiff ailing
Allen Park — After missing his third consecutive practices with an illness, it’s looking increasing unlikely Detroit Lions offensive tackle Riley Reiff will start Sunday against the Vikings.
Reiff is among six starters who have been ruled questionable for the game. If he sits, the Lions are expected to turn to Corey Robinson.
A seventh-round pick out of South Carolina in 2015, Robinson has been serving as the team’s backup tackle this season. He’s missed the past two games with an ankle sprain, but has been a full participant this week.
Robinson would be the eighth player to start at right tackle for the Lions in the past four years. Reiff, who shifted to the right side after starting three years at left tackle, has only missed one-game in his five-year career.
Guard Larry Warford is prepared for either scenario, but is anticipating Robinson will get the nod.
“Another day at the office,” Warford said. “Corey is a great player. We’ll work together. I’m not worried too much of a difference.”
Robinson appeared in one game as a rookie and was limited to four special teams snaps. When Detroit had depth issues at tight end this season, they worked him in as an extra blocker, giving him some much-needed experience.
During the preseason, Robinson shined. He was one of a handful of offensive tackles who didn’t allow a pass-rush pressure during the exhibitions.
“He’s just a guy that’s going to take the fight to you,” Warford said. “He’s always the aggressor. For a young guy, that’s so key. A lot of guys come into the league and can be a little bit timid. That’s not him. He’s going to come after you and play his guts out. I’m excited for him.”
In addition to Reiff, defensive end Ziggy Ansah (ankle), cornerback Adairius Barnes (hamstring), offensive tackle Taylor Decker (ribs), defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder), running back Theo Riddick (ankle) and cornerback Darius Slay (hamstring) are also questionable.
Ngata is expected to return after a three-game absence. He has already been named one of the team’s three captains.