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Keenan Robinson To Miss Season After Pectoral Surgery

The backup inside linebacker will need at least four months to recover from surgery on Monday on his left pectoral, which he tore in the first practice of training camp.


Keenan Robinson underwent surgery to repair his torn left pectoral on Monday and will miss the entire season, two people with knowledge of Robinson’s health told The Free Lance-Star on Wednesday.


Robinson will need at least four months to recover from the surgery, which would put his return at mid-December. A decision to place him on injured reserve has not yet been made by the Redskins, one of those people said.

Robinson, a 6-foot-3, 238-pound inside linebacker, tore the pectoral in the Redskins’ first training camp practice on July 25 when he fell awkwardly trying to wrap up the ballcarrier in a padless drill.

He traveled to Pensacola, Fla. on Sunday to meet with James Andrews, the team’s orthopedic consultant, before undergoing surgery. The damage was not as extensive as what he experienced last season, when he tore his right pectoral and required nearly eight months to recover, but it will not allow him to return before the end of the year.

Robinson, entering his second season, tore his right pectoral in November in the Redskins’ Thanksgiving victory over the Cowboys and missed the final five games. He had only been cleared to return to football-related activity in early July.

“I hurt it last year so I know what I need to do to get back, which is one thing,” Robinson said two days after the new injury. “It’d be different if it was a different injury, because I wouldn’t know how to approach it. But now I know the things not to do and what to do as far as rehab, and I can get back even faster.”

A fourth-round pick out of Texas last year, Robinson was expected to back up London Fletcher at mike linebacker. The Redskins signed Nick Barnett, a 10-year veteran formerly of the Bills, last week to boost their depth at the position, and Bryan Kehl and Roddrick Muckelroy have taken reps there as well since Robinson’s injury.