A day after placing three players on season-ending injured reserve, the Indianapolis Colts added another one today as they placed cornerback Patrick Robinson on IR.
Robinson has been dealing with a groin injury for the past several weeks, and last week in practice he suffered a setback. So it’s likely that the setback put his timeline for recovery longer than the season will last, with only three weeks last.
It puts an end to what was a rough first season with the Colts. Signed last offseason to be the number two cornerback opposite of Vontae Davis, Robinson struggled to stay healthy and was inconsistent with his play when on the field. He played in seven games (starting six) and recorded 26 tackles, five passes defensed, and a forced fumble this season. The injuries were a lingering concern, and they plagued his entire season. He dealt with a groin injury in the preseason, and then missed weeks two and three with a concussion. He missed the team’s week six game with knee and hip injuries, and then he’s missed three of the past four games with a groin injury. The injuries have been a constant issue all year for Robinson. His play has also been inconsistent when he’s been on the field, meaning that he hasn’t really proven to be much of an upgrade over Greg Toler whatsoever.
This is now the third starter in two days that the Colts have placed on season-ending IR, as yesterday they placed left guard Jack Mewhort and safety Clayton Geathers on IR, as well as outside linebacker Curt Maggitt. The injuries have started to really pile up, and in the wake of the team’s loss on Sunday that pretty much sealed their playoff fate, the Colts are now placing guys on IR.
In terms of the cornerback position for the last three games, it won’t look a ton different than it has for a number of games this season since Robinson has missed time with injuries. Vontae Davis and Rashaan Melvin will likely start, with Darius Butler, Darryl Morris, Christopher Milton, and the recently-signed Charles James providing depth.
The move leaves an open roster spot on the 53-man roster, so we’ll have to wait and see what the Colts decide to do with that spot.