Reserve linebacker Keenan Robinson suffered an injury to his pectoral muscle in Thursday’s victory at Cowboys Stadium and Coach Mike Shanahan suspects it could be serious.
“I think he has a pec tear,” Shanahan said on a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon. “If he has a pec tear, he’ll be out for the season. That’s my gut from talking to the doctors after the game. Usually when they take a look at that chest, they have a good feel is it’s a pec tear.”
Robinson, a fourth round pick this year, was scheduled to have an MRI exam, after which the severity of the injury will be confirmed.
“Right now it doesn’t look good,” Shanahan added.
It’s unclear when Robinson was injured because he played until the end of the game. Robinson replaced veteran London Fletcher in the fourth quarter when Fletcher left the game after aggravating his sprained left ankle.
As for Fletcher, Shanahan said he did not have an update on the 37-year-old, who left the stadium wearing an immobilizer boot.
“His ankle is quite sore,” Shanahan said. “He needs the extra days of rest [until next Monday's game against the Giants]. Knowing how sore he was going into this last game, I didn’t really think there was a chance for him to play in the back of my mind. I’ll never count him out again.”
Shanahan said the team did not suffer any other injuries that will cause players to miss time.
By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)
Stephen A. Smith mocked the Redskins on ESPN First Take on Monday after their loss to the Lions Sunday, continuing the back-and-forth between the team and the television personality.
He told the Redskins "bravo again" for losing the close game that apparently was enough to prove the point he made last week on the show that the Redskins had a loser's mentality and were "inept" and "nonexistent." Smith loudly took issue with Chris Baker's and Ricky-Jean Francois' declaration that the Redskins "run the East," saying they need to be focusing on the big picture.
Baker tweeted at him the next day, demanding respect, and Smith stuck to his guns the next day on First Take.
On Monday, Smith mocked Jay Gruden for defending his team at a press conference, where he said Smith was "out of line" for his comments and that he didn't know anything about who the Redskins were or the work they put in.
"And of course there’s the great Jay Gruden, because we know he’s great just by his name alone," Smith said. "Let’s be clear about that. We know that he’s great, [because he] takes time out of his busy schedule to comment about me."
"Who gives a damn about hard work?" he went on to say. "It's about results."
Baker held back from engaging with Smith on Twitter this time.
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While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.
Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.
“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”
Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.
Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.