Jacksonville Jaguars WR Laurent Robinson Will Be Back for 2013
By Luke Sims
November 18, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Laurent Robinson (81) attempts to make a reception during overtime as Houston Texans defensive back Alan Ball (22) defends at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Laurent Robinson is apparently making great strides after dealing with multiple concussions during the 2012 season. When talking to Andrea Kramer via NFL.com, a lot problems still seemed to plague Robinson. His house is noticeably dim in the video, he sleeps in a hyperbaric chamber to get more oxygen, and he talks about having constant headaches and finding it difficult to stand.
Yet he ends the interview with, “I’m feeling good. Really am. I feel like I’m standing upright, the symptoms, my headaches, are gone.” That sounds promising. Robinson was expected to be the number one receiver for the Jaguars in 2012, but after four concussions he opened the door for young Cecil Shorts III to take center stage.
Let’s not base Robinson coming back just on his own diagnosis, though. While the concussion tests during the season obviously didn’t predict that he was still struggling and would suffer more concussions, apparently the doctors for the NFL/Jaguars have cleared him to participate. While speaking at the combine, Jaguars GM David Caldwell had this to say about Robinson, “My understanding is he’s been cleared to participate, so he’s full-go right now.”
Combine the assurance of the GM and Robinson’s demeanor and I think the Jaguars may just have a strong trio of receivers moving forward. If Robinson can come back, like it sounds he can, then Shorts, Justin Blackmon, and he could tear some defenses apart.
Now all that remains is for him to keep rehabbing and get back on the field. Hopefully Caldwell saw enough in the limited time that Robinson was on the field to justify bringing him back to the Jaguars for 2013.
– Luke N. Sims
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