The change was necessary because injuries to Adam Carriker and Doug Worthington depleted Washington's depth.
Rich Campbell covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Times.
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The Redskins project Robinson, a fourth-round pick out of Texas last year, to be a future starter next to inside linebacker Perry Riley. The team still hopes he will eventually replace London Fletcher when Fletcher retires.
On one repetition during position drills, quarterback Robert Griffin III planted hard on his surgically-repaired right leg as he faked a handoff, and then changed direction and rolled right on a bootleg. Inside linebacker Keenan Robinson was injured on what appeared to be an innocuous play over the middle.
Inside linebacker Keenan Robinson underwent an MRI exam Thursday evening after leaving the Redskins’ afternoon practice with an injury. Results were not immediately available. Trainers and a team doctor evaluated his left shoulder area on the field.
Washington lacks a proven true free safety, so Rambo could make a significant impact early in the season.
Redskins offseason injury problems carry over into training camp.
Carriker, who missed 14 games last season after tearing his quad tendon, is expected to begin training camp on the active/physically-unable-to-perform list. He is out indefinitely.
Kickoff returner is the greatest personnel uncertainty. Niles Paul doesn't have game-breaking speed, and he fumbled once late last season after taking over for Brandon Banks. Kai Forbath’s field-goal accuracy last season established more certainty than the Redskins had at kicker last summer.
The Redskins' most intense roster competition makes their preseason games next month appointment viewing. Brandon Meriweather’s expected return from a torn ACL in his right knee is the key to setting the depth chart. How quickly rookies Phillip Thomas and Bacarri Rambo come along will determine Mike Shanahan’s roster flexibility.
DeAngelo Hall’s return lessens the need for second-round pick David Amerson to play extensively during his rookie season. How Josh Wilson responds to offseason left shoulder labrum surgery will greatly impact the quality of the entire secondary.
Even if this isn’t London Fletcher’s last season, establishing his replacement is an urgent matter because of his importance to the defense as the MIKE inside linebacker. Keenan Robinson, a fourth-round pick in 2012, is the leading candidate right now.
Griffin won't be exposed to contact until game situations because all quarterbacks are spared it during practices. It is not known whether coach Mike Shanahan plans to play Griffin in any preseason games.
Brian Orakpo returns from his torn left pectoral muscle and enters the final year of his contract. After Rob Jackson made many game-changing plays last season in his place, Orakpo must prove he is a complete player and elite playmaker.
The Redskins suddenly are thin at defensive end because of Adam Carriker's ongoing recovery from right quadriceps tendon surgery and Doug Worthington's season-ending biceps injury.
The numbers game on the offensive line is a bit uncomfortable because of some players’ lack of proven versatility.