I was filled with nervous energy when Allen Robinson’s name popped up on the Chicago Bears injury report last night, but now it’s time to exhale.
Coach Nagy says that @AllenRobinson's absence from yesterday's practice was a maintenance day and he will participate today.
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) December 13, 2018
Head Coach Matt Nagy called Robinson’s missed practice on Wednesday a maintenance day when meeting with reporters at Halas Hall on Thursday. Robinson was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday’s injury report because of a hip injury. And if you consider how necessary fluid hips can be for sharp route-runners like Robinson, you can then understand the obvious concern over the injury’s severity. But still … PHEW!
The expectation is that Robinson will be back in the fold and practicing in the afternoon. That’s encouraging news for a team that can clinch a playoff spot by way of a division title by winning on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Robinson caught four passes for 61 yards against Green Bay in the season opener and leads the team with 13.4 yards per reception.
His play since returning from a groin injury that sidelined him in the middle of the season has been encouraging. Robinson has caught 21 passes for 330 yards (15.7 yards per catch) with two touchdowns. If those numbers were extrapolated over the course of a 16-game season, we’d be looking at a 67-catch, 1,056-yard, 6-touchdown season. That’s quality stuff you don’t want missing from your lineup for any amount of time.
So now that we know Wednesday’s practice was just a maintenance day, our nervous levels can get back down to a manageable rate. Just in time for them to ramp up for the weekend!