What is it with Washington Redskins linebackers and torn pectoral muscles?
Most notably, outside linebacker Brian Orakpo has had this problem. In 2011 against the Philadelphia Eagles, Orakpo sustained injury to his left shoulder and pectoral muscle while tackling Eagles QB Michael Vick. He had surgery shortly after and spent the offseason recovering. Returning for the 2012 NFL season, Orakpo lasted two games before tearing his left pectoral muscle against the St. Louis Rams. The next day Head Coach Mike Shanahan released that Orakpo would undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.
With Orakpo now in his contract year, he will have to prove he can stay healthy and become a reliable Redskins star.
Following suit, inside linebacker Keenan Robinson has just torn his left pectoral muscle for a second time and will most likely miss the rest of the 2013 NFL season.
Robinson was drafted in the forth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was second team and earned playing time a few games into the season. During the Thanksgiving game against the Dallas Cowboys, Robinson severely injured his shoulder and pectoral muscle, leading to his placement on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
Now, just a few days into Redskins Training camp, Robinson is already rejoining the injured reserve.
Is there some sort of curse on Redskins linebackers? I sure hope not. It is just some bad luck mixed with coincidence. It also seems logical that any player that plays a position designated almost solely to tackling will most likely sustain injuries to their shoulders.
The Redskins can survive without Robinson. But, should this problem persist and if Orakpo goes down again, then fans should begin to worry.