Concerns over Injuries at training camp
RICHMOND--Although initial reports have suggested that key reserve Keenan Robinson will miss 3 to 5 months with a torn left pectoral muscle, a league source indicated Friday morning that the Redskins are bracing for the possibility of a longer recovery period.
The source said injuries such as the one Robinson suffered require surgery and can take as long as 5-8 months to fully heal. In fact, when Robinson, an inside linebacker, tore his right pectoral muscle in Dallas last November, he did not participate in team drills until Thursday, the opening day of training camp – or about eight months after he got hurt the first time.
Coach Mike Shanahan is expected to provide more details about Robinson’s status when he meets with reporters later.
With Robinson sidelined for the foreseeable future, Roddrick Muckelroy now has an opportunity.
During Friday morning’s walkthrough, London Fletcher and Perry Riley were the first team inside linebackers. Muckelroy, meantime, lined up as the second team ‘Mike’ linebacker behind Fletcher, while Bryan Kehl was the second team ‘Jack’ behind Riley.
It should be noted that Muckelroy also filled in as Fletcher’s backup during OTAs and minicamp while Robinson was rehabbing from the initial injury. The Mike linebacker is responsible for making all the checks on the defense and communicating calls to the line, fellow linebackers and the secondary.
“I was shocked,” Muckelroy said about Robinson’s injury. “I talked to him this morning about it. We talked about what’s next for him, going into surgery and what goes on after that. I tore my Achilles’ a couple years back, so I know what he’s going through.”
Muckelroy was signed last November after Robinson got hurt against the Cowboys. The 26-year-old was drafted in the fourth round by the Bengals in 2010 and has appeared in 19 career games. He made 11 tackles and forced four fumbles as a rookie but missed the 2011 season with that torn Achilles’ tendon.
As sorry as he feels for Robinson’s misfortune, though, Muckelroy also knows he’s now got an opportunity.
“I’m sorry to see a guy go down,” he said. “Me and Keenan, we played side by side in college [at Texas], so I’m sad to see him go down. But on the flip side, it creates an opportunity for me to step in and gain the trust of the coaches. I have to get out there and do my best.”