The Cleveland Browns placed starting left tackle Greg Robinson in the league’s concussion protocol on Wednesday.
According to clevelandbrowns.com, the move was made after Robinson reported for practice with concussion symptoms. He did not practice on Wednesday and it is unclear if Robinson will be available for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
If Robinson is unable to go against the Steelers, the Browns might turn to Justin McCray, who started on October 27 against the New England Patriots when Robinson was benched for poor play.
That experiment did not go over so well, however, as McCray allowed five pressures, gave up a sack and committed a false start penalty. Not surprisingly, McCray graded out poorly with Pro Football Focus, earning an overall grade of 32.3, a pass-blocking grade of 22.8 and a run-blocking grade of 49.2, which was only ahead of right guard Eric Kush, who has since been benched for Wyatt Teller. (Good thing that John Dorsey is one of those general managers who values the offensive line.)
Even though he reclaimed his starting spot the next week against the Denver Broncos, Robinson has still been a weak link on the line, as his season grade of 66.6 from Pro Football Focus puts him at No. 50 on the rankings of the league’s offensive tackles, according to cleveland.com.
No matter who lines up next to him, left guard Joel Bitonio said the Browns need to find a way to get the job done, according to clevelandbrowns.com:
“I do not know all the details on that stuff, but we have guys that have played in the NFL before. (Justin) has played this year. (Kendall) Lamm has been around, and like I said, hopefully Greg can get back. He is a big, strong guy and he went up against them a couple of weeks ago. We have guys that know this offense, they are going to fight and go against these guys. They are a great defense whatever you put out there. We will be ready. We will have five guys ready to roll, and that is the nature of the beast.”
The Browns and the Steelers meet up on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Heinz Field.