The Kansas City Chiefs will be missing a key member of their secondary today, as offseason signing Dunta Robinson will not be playing against the Dallas Cowboys, according to a league source close to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio. Robinson had a key role coming into the game as the team’s slot cornerback, because the Cowboys play Miles Austin in the slot in three-wide sets. Nickel corners are now technically starters in this pass-heavy league, and losing Robinson is a significant blow. It’s not a huge won, but there is going to be a drop-off between Robinson and his replacement (most likely Marcus Cooper).
Dunta Robinson was listed questionable on the Chiefs injury report, but he isn’t going to miss this game because of an injury. Robinson’s cousin was hit by car, and he is currently in the ICU. Our thoughts on prayers are with the Robinson family, and Robinson was never expected to play as a result of the accident; he will instead be with his brother.
The Chiefs need to contain Austin, who had a huge game last week because the New York Giants decided to throw everything at Dez Bryant. That was definitely a mistake, as Bryant basically drew too much coverage and allowed Austin to rack up the receptions. The Chiefs defense is talented enough to handle the loss of their nickel corner, and I’m sure they were prepared for this. Nobody expected Robinson to play, and we can only hope for the best for his cousin.