Brian Robison can't win any awards or earn his next big contract during a seemingly innocuous June practice. And he isn't fighting for a job, with his starting left defensive end spot for the Minnesota Vikings seemingly set, except for the typical need to continue to perform in the ever-changing NFL.

However, two big plays - interceptions, interestingly enough - during Wednesday's organized team activities were important for Robison and the team, and shows a big change in Robison from late last season: He has free movement of his arms.

By the end of last season, Robison was loaded from elbow to shoulder with gear. He wore a bulky brace most of the season on his sore left elbow injured in Week 2. Later, he had to strap into a shoulder harness to protect a Grade 3 AC sprain of his right shoulder just to play.

"The most difficult thing was feeling like I didn't have any arms to play with," Robison said Wednesday at OTAs.

Robison missed the Week 16 game after suffering the shoulder sprain. The Grade 3 designation means he had suffered major tears to the tendons, which sapped Robison of any power in his shoulder. He played in the regular-season finale and had a big strip-sack as the Vikings made the playoffs. A week later, and after a pain-killing injection, he started the playoff loss at Green Bay but couldn't finish when the pain became unbearable.

"Obviously I didn't feel like I was anywhere near 100 percent, but the competitor in me just wouldn't let me just chill out and sit out and do things like that," Robison said. "So I just tried to get out there and give it 100 percent. And once I felt like I was hurting the team more than it was helping, I just told coach. I just felt like it was time for Everson (Griffen) to take over at that time."

Robison, 30, still had career-highs with 8.5 sacks and seven passes defensed last season in 15 regular-season games. His injuries didn't require surgery and Robison enters the final season of a three-year, $13.5 million contract healthy and ready to earn his next deal. Plays like he made during Wednesday's practice are just what Robison and the Vikings are hoping to see.