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Rookie DBs Coming Up Big For Vikings

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GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 2: Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings intercepts a pass intended for Greg Jennings #85 of the Green Bay Packers during the game at Lambeau Field on December 2, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers won 23-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Harrison Smith and Josh Robinson don’t have any time for the rookie wall. The Minnesota Vikings defensive backs are too busy coming up with game-changing plays to help their team chase down a playoff spot.

Smith was a first-round draft choice out of Notre Dame in April. He’s been a starter since the season opener and made the biggest play of his season last weekend when he returned an interception for a touchdown against the Bears.

Robinson, a third-round draft pick, also intercepted a pass and had a big return to set up a touchdown run by Adrian Peterson in the 21-14 victory.

Defensive coordinator Alan Williams says he’s impressed by how the young players have handled the grueling season.

The Vikings play at St. Louis on Sunday.

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