The Jacksonville Jaguars will play one of the toughest patches of their schedule without starting left tackle Cam Robinson.
The Jaguars placed Robinson on injured reserved Monday following a knee injury he suffered in the first quarter of Jacksonville's 24-21 win over the Houston Texans on Sunday. By being placed on injured reserve, Robinson will miss at minimum the next four games.
The earliest he'd be eligible to return is for the Jaguars' game against the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 31.
Robinson immediately went down on the field and indicated to medical personnel that the issue was his knee. This is the same knee in which Robinson suffered a torn ACL and missed all but two games of the 2018 season.
The six-year veteran was eventually able to walk off the field at NRG Stadium under his own power.
After he was seen throwing his helmet and when he came out of the medical tent, he was clearly upset sitting on the bench. He remained on the sideline for the rest of the game, but did so with a towel over his head for the majority of it.
Part of the frustration could potentially stem from Robinson's time with Jacksonville running out. The team has openly said it wants to sign quarterback Trevor Lawrence to a new deal, and while the team has cap room, it could create more by releasing Robinson.
He was forced to miss five games — three regular-season and two playoff games — down the stretch last season after suffering an injury in his right knee. And thenm earlier this season, he was suspended for the first four games after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy.
That opened the door for three-year veteran Walker Little to slide in as the left tackle and also opened the conversation about Robinson being released at the end of this year.
The Jaguars could save $17.75 million by cutting Robinson following the season because he has no guaranteed money in his contract for 2024. That would push Jacksonville closer to $50 million in cap space as it decides what to do with a number of core players.