The Colts will make their push for the playoffs without one of their better defenders, as the club announced today that they’ve placed cornerback Patrick Robinson on injured reserve. Robinson had missed the past two games while dealing with a groin injury.
Signed to a three-year, $14MM contract after a breakout 2015 campaign with San Diego, Robinson could never get fully healthy with Indianapolis, as nagging injuries — including a concussion, a knee ailment, and now the groin issue — limited him to six games on the year. When he was on the field, the 29-year-old Robinson wasn’t overly effective, as Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 93 cornerback among 120 qualifiers. However, it’s fair to assume Robinson’s play was affected by his injury woes, and given that he’s signed at an affordable rate ($3MM base salary, $1MM guaranteed) in 2017, he will likely be brought back.
For the Colts, the loss of Robinson signifies yet another hit at an already-weak position on the roster, as Indy has cycled through defensive backs for most of the year. Vontae Davis is still available (but not playing at his usual level), but otherwise, the Colts will rely on Rashaan Melvin, Darius Butler, Darryl Morris, Chris Milton, and the recently-signed Charles James for the remainder of the year.
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