Robinson underwent surgery Monday to address a torn ACL in his left knee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Jaguars wasted no time in having Robinson go under the knife after he sustained the season-ending injury on the team's opening drive of their Week 1 win over the Texans. He'll spend the next several months rehabbing his knee, but the expectation is that Robinson will be back at full strength for the start of the 2018 campaign.
Robinson (knee) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
After tearing his ACL in the Jaguars' season opener, Robinson will be the team's fourth receiver to land on injured reserve. With the open roster spot, Jacksonville signed rookie wideout Max McCaffrey from the Saints' practice squad, though Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns are set to lead the wide receiver unit for the remainder of the season.
The worst-possible scenario is now reality for the Jaguars' No. 1 wide receiver, who will miss his first action since sitting out the final six contests of his rookie season in 2014. The receiving corps already has three wideouts and one tight end populating injured reserve, but before the organization brings in any new recruits, Marqise Lee, Allen Hurns, Arrelious Benn and Keelan Cole represent the four WR still standing.
Robinson wasn't expected to have an MRI until Monday, but things seemed to be pointing in this direction all along. Even if he only suffered a partial tear of his ACL, he'd likely be out for the rest of the season while preparing to hit free agency in the spring. Robinson's absence could thrust Allen Hurns back into an every-down role, with undrafted rookie Keelan Cole the favorite to step up as the No. 3 receiver. Marqise Lee figures to be heavily targeted, and the Jags undoubtedly will stick with their run-first approach unless they're forced into catch-up mode. The team should have another update on Monday, likely confirming that Robinson will need season-ending surgery.
The Jaguars won't know for sure until Robinson has an MRI on Monday, but it seems the team is already mentally preparing to play the rest of the season without its top wideout. With preseason star Dede Westbrook (knee) already on injured reserve and thus ineligible for the first half of the campaign, the Jags may have to lean on undrafted rookie Keelan Cole behind Marqise Lee and Allen Hurns. If the torn ACL is confirmed, Jacksonville will double down on its intention to deploy a run-heavy offense, though Leonard Fournette might find running room tougher to come by without Robinson drawing the attention of opposing safeties.
|7||10/22/17||@ IND||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|11||11/19/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
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