Aldrick Robinson calls collision with Brandon Meriweather ‘definitely bizarre’ and ‘scary’

Aldrick Robinson (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

Washington Redskins wide receiver Aldrick Robinson said he was feeling fine Friday, five days after suffering a concussion and being knocked unconscious in a pregame collision with teammate Brandon Meriweather in Tampa.

“I’m feeling good,” Robinson said in the locker room at Redskins Park after participating in Friday’s practice. “Everything is back to normal now.”

Robinson called the incident “definitely bizarre” and “scary.” He was wearing headphones and standing in an end zone during warmups last Sunday at Raymond James Stadium when Meriweather ran into him.

“I was just out there lost,” Robinson said. “I had my head down with my music on loud, so I couldn’t hear nobody tell me to watch out. And I just got knocked out…. I started hearing everybody saying that, ‘He’s knocked out. He’s knocked out.’ I couldn’t move and I was trying to wake up but I couldn’t. So I was out of there.”

Redskins officials said at the time that Robinson was unconscious for about a minute. Robinson said Friday he remembers what happened Sunday and he felt okay soon after the incident.

“I was normal,” Robinson said. “When I was watching the game in the locker room, I felt normal. The next day I woke up, I didn’t have any symptoms. So I felt normal.”

Robinson said he doesn’t think the collision would have happened if he hadn’t been wearing his headphones. Even so, he said he would continue to wear headphones during pregame warmups in the future.

“I’m still going to wear my headphones,” he said. “I’m just going to have my head up…. It’s just one of those things that you wish you weren’t there at the time.”

Robinson and Meriweather, who re-injured his left knee in the collision, were on the inactive list for the Redskins’ victory over the Buccaneers. Meriweather, a safety, also is to miss this Sunday’s game at FedEx Field against the Atlanta Falcons. The Redskins say they expect to know more next week about the extent of Meriweather’s latest knee injury. Robinson resumed practicing this week after being cleared by an independent neurologist, as NFL rules require, and it appears that he’ll be available to play Sunday.

He said he and Meriweather spoke about the incident afterward and each was concerned about the other’s well-being.

“He was concerned,” Robinson said. “Brandon was mainly just seeing if I was okay. He called me the next day and asked if I was okay…. I was more concerned about him because I felt okay after the whole thing. I just couldn’t play that day. I was more concerned about him. But we laughed about it afterwards.”

 

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