The Redskins on Monday signed inside linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy to take the roster spot of Keenan Robinson, who was placed on injured reserve with a torn right pectoral muscle.
Muckelroy spent parts of three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, who drafted him in the fourth round (131st overall) out of Texas in 2010.
“We liked him in the draft, and we were glad he was out there,” coach Mike Shanahan said Monday afternoon. “When you lose a player and you get a guy like him to come into your system, you feel pretty fortunate.”
Muckelroy has played in 19 games. He missed all of 2011 with a ruptured Achilles tendon. He was Cincinnati’s second-leading tackler during the 2012 preseason.
His 12 special teams tackles in 2010 ranked second on the team. Robinson played on the kickoff coverage and return units, so that’s where Muckelroy could best impact the Redskins.
Coincidentally, the Redskins drafted Robinson in the fourth round (119th) out of Texas in April. He is expected to have surgery this week, and he faces a five-month recovery, Shanahan said.