RICHMOND—Inside linebacker Keenan Robinson is hanging on to slim hope that his torn left pectoral muscle won’t keep him out all season. But if it does, he is determined to stay mentally sharp for whenever he returns.
“Best chance is maybe three months,” Robinson said after he watched Saturday morning’s walkthrough. “We’ll have to wait and see what it is.”
The 2012 fourth-round pick is scheduled to have surgery sometime next week, at which point orthopedist James Andrews will determine the timetable for recovery.
Robinson’s injury early in the first practice of training camp was particularly disappointing because his rookie season ended last Thanksgiving when he suffered a torn right pec.
He spent significant time studying during his offseason rehab because of the mental responsibilities required of the MIKE linebacker position. That’s where he practiced Thursday behind Pro Bowler London Fletcher, whom the team expects Robinson to eventually replace.
“The little time I was out here, even though I was gone from the game a long time, I felt like I was right where I need to be,” Robinson said. “I knew everything, I made all the calls, and it was like I never lost a step. The speed of the game obviously is one thing I can’t account for, but everything else mentally I feel like I was fine. Coaches trusted me, they knew I was where I needed to be mentally to help the team.”
He’ll follow a similar study routine during this rehabilitation. This is the last year of Fletcher’s contract, and at age 38, he might not continue his career after this season. Robinson knows he can’t afford to let this latest injury prevent him from being mentally ready to take over.
“Just take the time mentally to prepare mentally in the classroom and the film room, try to use the time the best I can to make myself a better player, at least from the neck up,” he said.