Keenan Robinson will reportedly miss the 2013 regular season after suffering a torn pectoral muscle on the first day of training camp for the Washington Redskins.
Robinson fell awkwardly during practice, and was immediately tended to by Redskins head trainer Larry Hess. Robinson also missed the last five games of the 2012 season with a torn right pectoral muscle. However, this injury is not to the same area, but rather further up his shoulder.
Head coach Mike Shanahan indicated the team would announce the severity of his injury and extent of time lost after examining the MRI results. However, Ian Rapoport ?of the NFL Network first broke the news of Robinson being lost for the season late Thursday night.
Robinson’s injury will take an estimated three to five months to heal, which will effectively encompass the 2013 regular season. Accordingly, he has been placed on injured reserve, meaning he won’t be eligible to rejoin the team at any point during the regular season, or the postseason (should the Redskins qualify).
The Redskins had really high hopes for Robinson heading into the 2013 season. They looked to him as a potential “heir apparent” to London Fletcher — who may very well call it a career after this upcoming season — and were hoping that Robinson would use this season to gain experience and learn as much as possible from Fletcher.
Plus, Robinson may very well have been the team’s best cover linebacker, especially notable in a division that features Jason Witten of Dallas, recently acquired Brandon Myers of the New York Giants, and rookie second round pick Zach Ertz in Philadelphia. This will likely put increased onus on rookie safeties Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo to cover opposing tight ends.
For now, though, the Redskins will go to work with an increasingly thin group of linebackers. Behind Fletcher and Perry Riley on the inside, the backups include Bryan Kehl, Roddrick Muckelroy (signed after Robinson went down in 2012 due to injury), and undrafted rookies Marvin Burdette, William Compton, and Jeremy Kimbrough.
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