Robinson Out For the Season

Mason Robinson's injury is a lot more serious than originally projected. The latest from Rutgers football practice is that the junior third down running back and wide receiver is out for the season with an unspecified leg injury.

Robinson got hurt in the 47-15 loss to Cincinnati and was unable to practice since the injury. "He didn't practice yesterday, but we thought the swelling would go down," Schiano said. "But today we got the news. It's a shame because he was doing a lot on special teams, too. But you have to regroup and fill the roles."

In his stead, Schiano listed Joe Martinek, Kordell Young and Jack Corcoran as options to play tailback on third downs. "Joe in the backfield and then perhaps Young if he can get back," Schiano said. "Jack's not as nifty as those guys, but he's got good hands. That's why I say by committee. I think we're going to have to roll guys in there. It all depends who's playing running back, too. If a guy's getting a bunch of carries, then we don't want a tired guy in there on third downs. You miss a check, you miss a block, you get the quarterback killed."

After the team's struggles against Cincinnati, Schiano has opened up battles at various positions throughout the board in an attempt at finding the best product to put on the field.

After junior Brandon Bing got the start against the Bearcats, he's now in the midst of a battle with sophomore David Rowe for the starting cornerback spot alongside senior Devin McCourty.

The spot question are at the tight end spot where Schiano hopes to find another viable option to Shamar Graves to limit the senior's fatigue.

Schiano also said that he will continue to search for the right combination at wide receiver behind senior Tim Brown and freshman Mohamed Sanu after the rest of the receiving corps hauled in just one catch (Julian Hayes for nine yards) against Cincinnati.

Young, who is still recovering from knee surgery, is getting closer to a return, Schiano said.

"He might [play]," Schiano said. "I'm not sure. We're going to see how he responds, but today he did a little more. … We've upped the workload and we're going to continue to do that each week."

Senior safety Zaire Kitchen is expected to play against Howard after suffering a stinger against Cincinnati.

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