Heyer out, Robinson in?

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It looks like Will Robinson, promoted from the practice squad just last week, could start at right tackle on Monday.

Starting right tackle Stephon Heyer has been unable to practice the past two days after tweaking his long-ailing right knee during Wednesday’s workout.

“I’m disappointed that his knee hasn’t come around as fast as it had a week ago,” said coach Jim Zorn.

Rather than move career right tackle Mike Williams over from right guard and putting Will Montgomery (a starter in Weeks 6-7 & 9) or rookie Edwin Williams (Week 12) back into the lineup, Zorn said he’ll gamble on the totally untested Robinson to battle Giants star defensive end Justin Tuck.

“He’s going to have a great challenge ahead of him,” Zorn said.  “We’ll try to help him [with double-teams] if we can. He’s got good feet. He’s enthusiastic. He’s got a good punch and he seems to be athletic.”

The 24-year-old Robinson, whose last action was a senior at San Diego State, is excited.

“If I get an opportunity to start, it’ll be a fun time for me,” said Robinson, who spent his rookie year of 2008 on Seattle’s injured reserve list. “I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time, worked my way through the ranks. Hopefully, I can prove myself worthy to stay out there.”

The 6-foot-5, 297-pound Robinson, while acknowledging Tuck’s experience and strength, said he hopes to counter his rival’s physical style with his “quick feet.”

Robinson would be the 11th lineman to start a game for the Redskins this year. His presence would also give Washington its eighth different lineup up front in 14 games.

— David Elfin



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David Elfin

David Elfin

David Elfin has been following Washington-area sports teams since the late 1960s. David began his journalism career at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, the University of Pennsylvania (B.A., history) and Syracuse University (M.S., telecommunications). He wrote for the Bulletin (Philadelphia), the Post-Standard (Syracuse) and The Washington Post before coming to The Washington Times in 1986. He has covered colleges, the Orioles ...

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