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Aldrick Robinson On Collision, Concussion: ‘It Was Definitely Bizarre’
ASHBURN – Aldrick Robinson said the concussion he sustained in collision with Brandon Meriweather last week before the Washington Redskins’ game at Tampa Bay “was definitely bizarre.”
Meriweather will not play Sunday against Atlanta after aggravating the two sprained ligaments in his knee during the collision, but Robinson has been cleared to play.
“I was just out there lost, man,” Robinson said. “I had my head down and my music on loud and I couldn’t hear nobody telling me, ‘Watch out!’ And then I just got knocked out.”
The receiver was standing in the end zone with his head down when Meriweather, trying to catch a pass during pregame warmups, ran into him. Meriweather’s left shoulder hit Robinson in the head; because he didn’t see Robinson, Meriweather fell awkwardly and his left leg bent underneath him.
“I started hearing everybody saying, ‘He’s knocked out! He’s knocked out!’ and I couldn’t move, and I was trying to wake up, but I couldn’t,” Robinson said. “It was a scary feeling. I remember everything.”
Robinson didn’t know immediately he had sustained a concussion. Per league rules, any player suspected to have done so is required to sit in the locker room and withdraw from any physical activity.
He wore a yellow non-contact jersey – and matching tights – in practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he resumed a full practice on Friday. Through four games, Robinson has caught seven passes for 104 yards and a touchdown.
“When I was watching the game in the locker room, I felt normal,” Robinson said. “The next day I woke up and I didn’t have any symptoms, so I felt normal.”
Though listening to music played a part in his awareness, Robinson said it’s something he’ll continue to do before games. He’ll also not adjust the routine that had him standing just past the goal line, except to pay more attention to what’s going on around him.
“It’s just one of those things where you wish you weren’t there at the time,” he said.