The Jacksonville Jaguars are hoping James Robinson will be ready to compete at some point during training camp, but the running back will be in no rush to return after the week 16 Achilles tear.
“When I’m ready, I’ll be ready,” Robinson recently said. via John Reid of the Florida Times-Union. “I just let my body recover from it. I’m not trying to rush anything. I just stayed focused and tried not to get too upset about it. I tried to be strong.”
Recent reports indicate that the Jags don’t expect Robinson to be ready for training camp, but hope remains that he will be on the field in the first week.
Last year, Los Angeles Rams running back Cam Akers returned from a torn Achilles tendon after just 5.5 months, an injury that typically takes nine months to a year to recover from. Robinson said he’s making progress but won’t push for a comeback too early.
In the two seasons that the Jags started running back, Robinson, an undrafted free agent from Illinois, rushed for 1,837 yards on 404 carries, throwing 15 rushing touchdowns.
Travis Etienne, who also suffered a season-ending injury, and rookie Snoop Conner should be the top defensemen in Jacksonville until Robinson is cleared to play.