Rams DT A’Shawn Robinson out for season with torn meniscus: Who steps up?


Rams defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson tore his meniscus and will need surgery, Los Angeles coach Sean McVay said Wednesday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Robinson is expected to miss the remainder of the season due to the injury.
  • The 27-year-old defensive lineman went down during the Rams’ game against the Saints on Sunday and did not return to action.
  • He started in all 10 games for the Rams so far this season, recording 42 total tackles, including 22 solo tackles.
  • Robinson, who joined the Rams on a two-year deal in April 2020, will be a free agent in March.


Robinson, listed at 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, was a former Alabama standout who played his first four seasons in the NFL with Detroit. He was selected by the Lions with the 46th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, and amassed 172 total tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception across 58 career games with Detroit.

Robinson notched a career-high 67 total tackles in a single season with Los Angeles last year, as well as two sacks and two forced fumbles.

The injury-ridden Rams (3-7) face the Kansas City Chiefs (8-2) on Sunday.

Who will the Rams depend on without Robinson?

Robinson is one of the best run defenders in the league and an anchor on the Rams’ defensive line. He’s also a free agent in 2023. Without Robinson on the interior, the Rams will depend on younger players Marquise Copeland and Bobby Brown Jr.

Brown was suspended the first six weeks of the 2022 season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs. The Rams also cut outside linebacker Justin Hollins this week, which means they’ll also need younger players to step into his snap rotation on the outside of the defensive line. Third-year player Terrell Lewis could see increased snaps, as could versatile defensive lineman Michael Hoecht. — Rodrigue

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