The Saints clawed their way back to .500 with a wild 52-49 win over the Giants on Sunday, but the team’s third straight victory came at a cost. Head coach Sean Payton confirmed today that running back Khiry Robinson underwent surgery on a broken leg, and will be sidelined for the remainder of the 2015 season (Twitter link via Andrew Siciliano of the NFL Network).
Robinson, 25, had complemented Mark Ingram in the running game this year, serving as an effective receiver out of the backfield as well. In his eight games, Robinson established a new career high with 17 receptions, adding 180 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 56 carries.
With Robinson sidelined, the Saints could turn to C.J. Spiller and rookie Marcus Murphy to shoulder heavier loads. Signing a fourth running back will also be a possibility, with Robinson certainly headed to the injured reserve list in the coming days.
Robinson’s contract with the Saints expires at season’s end, so there’s a chance he has played his last game for the team. Still, he’ll be eligible for restricted free agency this winter, so New Orleans will have an opportunity to extend him a qualifying offer.