Robinson On His Way Back?
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Posted Sep 6, 2009
Charlie Bernstein

Cut day came and went, and the Texans have trimmed their roster to the NFL mandated 53 players. Sort of.

The Houston Texans still have a decision to make as it is being reported that holdout cornerback Dunta Robinson is expected to show up in Houston this week. Robinson skipped all of training camp and preseason as he was unhappy with the team placing the franchise tag on him (and thus guaranteeing him nearly $10 million in salary for 2009).

"We're still sitting one heavy right now because of (CB) Dunta (Robinson)'s situation," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak told reporters.

It wasn't much of a surprise that Robinson is expected to show up, as the regular season begins next weekend, and thus the regular season paychecks.

Still, the Texans head coach isn't aware of Robinson's current whereabouts.

"I'm just waiting for him to come on in," Kubiak said. "I probably won't (hear from him). I don't know. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe he'll call in the next hour, I don't know, but I have not heard from him."

Could the Texans have been better off without Robinson in the preseason? It's possible. Robinson's absence gave players like Brice McCain and Glover Quin a chance to get more reps and the team may be better off because of it in the long-term.

If Robinson doesn't show or can't go against the New York Jets next Sunday, the Texans will go with Fred Bennett and Brice McCain as the starters, as confirmed by head coach Gary Kubiak, "Brice McCain will start."

McCain has impressed this preseason as the rookie from Utah has accumulated seven tackles, two interceptions, and two passes defensed.

Still, with the injury to Jacques Reeves and Robinson's holdout, the Texans have a wealth of inexperience in their secondary.

"Well it's as young as I've ever been around in the NFL," Kubiak said about his team's youth. "I've never been on a team with two rookie starters when you say nickel up. That's where we've been since day one. But that's our hand and (defensive backs coach) David (Gibbs) is doing a great job bringing those guys along. We're going to have to have them play above and beyond this year for our football team to get to where it wants to go. So we've got to handle the situation as a staff and as players."

The players on the team understand Robinson's situation and that it is a business. We're not so sure if they'll be so understanding if Robinson is not in game shape when he returns and it costs the team.

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