When Pierre Garon left Sundays game in New Orleans with a foot injury, the biggest opportunity of Aldrick Robinsons NFL career hit him square between the numbers.I knew I had to step up, Robinson said of his first NFL regular season action. The game plan was to go to P a lot. So I knew the ball was going to be coming my way.Robinson caught four passes for 52 yards and a touchdown in the Redskins 40-32 victory over the Saints. If Garon is unable to suit up in St. Louis he was limited in practice the past two days Robinson could make his first career start against the Rams.Thats what youre hoping he could do because theres no doubt hes talented enough to do it, Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said of Robinson, a 6thround pick out of SMU in 2011. You never know until a guy gets thrown into that situation. Aldrick came in and we didnt miss a beat. He stepped it up, did what he was supposed to do and I was real happy for him.Robinsons second reception resulted in a milestone he wont soon forget. With the Redskins leading 10-7 in the second quarter and looking for more, the 23-year-old who spent all but one game on the practice squad last season ran a shallow slant and snagged Robert Griffin IIIs pass just as he crossed into the end zone.Then, in the third quarter, the Redskins faced a second-and-19 when Robinson made another impressive catch, hauling in a ball that was thrown slightly behind him for a 29-yard gain.Opportunities come, and you have to take advantage of them, Robinson said. That was an opportunity I knew I had to take advantage of.Just as important, Robinson has proved to himself and the coaching staff that he belongs.It was a big confidence booster, he said. It allowed me to see where I was at, and let me know that I can play on this level.
As Jay Gruden stepped to the podium to read the injury report, he warned, “This will be a while.”
He was right, as he rattled off one the longest injury reports of the season.
Out were G Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (concussion), DE Chris Baker (ankle), DE Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot), DE Anthony Lanier (lower leg), G Shawn Lauvao (groin), OT Ty Nsekhe (ankle), and S Donte Whitner (illness).
Of that group, all but Jean Francois, Lanier, and Nsekhe are starters. Between them and the limited players listed below it was difficult for the Redskin to conduct a normal practice.
“It was a challenge,” said Gruden of getting through it. “Practice was modified quite a bit today. We did more walkthrough today than we ever have on a Wednesday.”
“Sometimes you have to taper back just a hair to make it through practice, try to get the mental reps in with walkthrough and then hopefully the physical part will come maybe tomorrow. Friday we can open them up a bit.”
Limited in practice were TE Jordan Reed (shoulder), OLB Preston Smith (groin), ILB Will Compton (hip), G Brandon Scherff (ankle), and TE Derek Carrier (knee).
Reed returned to practice for the first time since suffering a Grade 3 sprain to the AC joint in his left shoulder in the game against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving. He missed the game in Arizona. While his limited participation was a good sign for his return it’ is way too early in the week to say with any degree of certainty that he will be playing against the Eagles.
RGIII is finally getting another chance to play.
Plagued by injury after injury — most recently breaking a bone in his left shoulder in the Brown’s 29-10 loss to the Eagles in their season opener — the former Redskin is set to start for Cleveland against the Bengals on Sunday, ESPN’s Dan Graziano reports.
Barring an unforeseen health setback in practice, the Browns plan to start Robert Griffin III at QB on Sunday, per source.— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) December 7, 2016
Griffin was cleared for contact last week after missing the majority of the Browns’ 0-12 season, and the team is coming off a bye week after its last loss to the Giants over Thanksgiving weekend.
In 2015, Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin as starting quarterback, and the Redskins released him at the end of the season. He signed a two-year, $15 million contract with Cleveland in March.
In Griffin’s absence, the Browns have relied on Cody Kessler and Josh McCown, who boast a 65.5 and 54.5 completion percentage, respectively. The two combine for just 12 touchdowns this season.
Will Griffin be the key to ending the Browns’ winless season? We’ll find out Sunday.