“I’m optimistic about it, just listening to everything I’ve heard,” Rivera said. “It is very promising. But … the plan is to start his watch on Wednesday and see how he fares, and if he continues to progress, there is a very good chance he can play on Sunday. “
Once a player on the non-football injury list returns to training, his team has three weeks to decide whether to place him on the active roster or leave him on the list for the rest of the season.
Robinson’s progress in recovery has indicated a rapid return once the four weeks on the list have expired. But his reintroduction to cushioned training and his football conditioning could determine how soon he will be available to play.
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“We also have to manage what he will face physically and mentally,” Rivera said. “I mean, this is a different set of circumstances. I don’t know any other player I’ve coached who has had to face this ”.
On the evening of August 28, Robinson was shot twice, in the knee and hip area, in what Washington police described as an armed robbery attempt by two male attackers. Robinson was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center and was operated on the next day.
According to Rivera, the bullet in Robinson’s knee avoided ligaments, tendons or bones, allowing for faster recovery than if he needed a more extensive repair.
Robinson returned to the team facility two days after the shooting, using crutches and showing off an Oreo bag for his running back mates. And about two weeks later, he was riding an exercise bike and working with an athletic trainer during workouts to regain strength and agility.
On September 25, less than a month after being shot and shot, Robinson raced the routes during a warm-up ahead of Washington’s third week bout with the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field, a promising sign of his continuous recovery.
A third-round pick from Alabama, Robinson came to Washington as a potential push to a running back room that already included Antonio Gibson and JD McKissic. But Robinson quickly proved he can be so much more during organized team activities and training camp. Before he injured him, he was in line to buy starter time, perhaps in rotation with Gibson, depending on the weekly game plan.
Rivera envisioned having a dynamic group of runners who could complement each other in skill and size, just like the group he had with Carolina.
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The loss of Robinson just before the start of the season was a blow to the commanders’ initial offensive plans, but they adapted by keeping Jonathan Williams on the active roster to give them a back with a similar style of play and size. Robinson’s return creates uncertainty for Williams – Rivera has not said whether he will remain on the 53-man roster once Robinson is activated – but a jolt to the attack couldn’t come at a better time.
Washington falters after three straight losses, including two against NFC East opponents. The offense that impressed in week 1 faded over the following weeks and he now leads the league for allowed sacks (17) and has the lowest yards per game (4.61).
If there is a positive point, it was the game of running, which collected 142 yards (5.3 per carry) against the Cowboys. Robinson’s delayed debut should only add to the attack.
“If we can continue to establish the run, it will help with the passing game, which will slow down the passing run, which will open up some things,” Rivera said. “If you can get the pass runners to go sideways, it slows it down a bit. And whenever there is the double threat of a running pass, it plays to our advantage. We have to get to this. We have to improve in this “.
Rivera said rookie wide receiver Jahan Dotson may be out for “a week or two” after sustaining a hamstring injury against the Cowboys, and several people familiar with the situation said right tackle Sam Cosmi suffered. a hand injury and could also waste time. Cosmi is expected to see a doctor on Tuesday to find out more.
Rivera said he feels “enormous frustration” at the litany of injuries his team has suffered. Many players were sidelined during the retirement and key players on both sides of the ball were still recovering at the start of the season.
“Losing a player of Jahan’s caliber who has done a lot of good things for you is even more frustrating,” Rivera said.
Washington will also start the clock from Tyler Larsen center. He was on the list physically unable to perform due to an Achilles injury and his return should strengthen the offensive line after losing center-back Chase Roullier (knee) and backup Wes Schweitzer (concussion) earlier in the season.
Chase Young is still recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury. The defensive end is technically eligible to return to training this week and begin his 21-day activation window, but Rivera said Young needs more time and will continue to work on the side while training with the coaches.
“He did very well, he went in the right direction,” Rivera said. “… We have to wait and see where it will be after this week. But doctors are optimistic. They’ve been pretty promising in their relationships. They just feel like she needs a little more time. “