INDIANAPOLIS—Keenan Robinson’s tenure with the Redskins is likely coming to an end, Coach Jay Gruden acknowledged on Wednesday.
“I know he had high hopes of playing very well for us,” Gruden said at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Unfortunately, the injury bug hit him.”
Robinson, who turns 27 in July, began 2015 as the Redskins’ starting ‘Mike’ inside linebacker. But a shoulder injury shut him down for four games in the middle of the season and when he returned, Will Compton had established himself as the No. 1.
“When [Robinson] hurt his shoulder initially, it hindered his performance. Then we kept him out, let him rehab it, let him get better,” Gruden said. “And when he did come back, that’s when
Compton was playing very well. And we didn’t want to take Compton out of the lineup.”
Robinson, a 2012 fourth round selection, hardly played on defense down stretch. In fact, he saw only four snaps in the Redskins’ Wild Card loss to the Packers.
“Keenan finished off strong for us [and] was good in the locker room,” Gruden said. “But I think he’s going to hit free agency and probably land somewhere else.”
Inside linebacker could see a decent amount of change this offseason. Compton is an exclusive rights free agent, which virtually assures his return, but Mason Foster is a free agent and Perry Riley is vulnerable due to a $5 million cap hit in 2016.