By Andrea Kremer and Christine Detz, Special to NFL.com
This was supposed to be the season when Laurent Robinson became a household name.
Robinson, coming off a career year in 2011 with the Dallas Cowboys, returned to his home state of Florida by signing a five-year, $32.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars. But four concussions in a four-month period landed Robinson on injured reserve and robbed him of most of the 2012 season.
“I had great goals and I wanted to prove to everybody that I could play and be a starter from Week 1 all the way through the season and make big plays for the team,” Robinson told NFL Network. “Unfortunately in the third week of the season, I’m out with a concussion, and it just went downhill from there,”
Robinson suffered a concussion during the first week of training camp, followed by concussions in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts, Week 4 against the Cincinnati Bengals and Week 11 against the Houston Texans. The Jaguars placed him on IR on Nov. 21.
Recovering from a concussion is different from other injuries, according to Robinson.
“There’s no brace, no walking boot, there’s no shoulder sling,” he said. “It’s just all internal, so people don’t really understand what you’re going through. It’s headache after headache. I can’t deal with the noise, the light.”
Added Robinson’s wife, Kat: “I’m constantly worried. If he has a headache, I’m worried. Why does he have a headache? If he’s tired, why is he tired? I’m trying to understand it, but at the same time, I’m worried everyday that it’s going to affect our future.”
Laurent is determined to do whatever he can to get back on the field. He and his wife are exploring different treatment options, including hyperbaric chamber sessions and resistance flexibility training.
Kat supports Laurent’s decision to play football again once he is medically cleared, but she said she won’t fully have peace of mind until he retires.
“The players know when they sign up for this in the NFL that they’re susceptible to getting injuries,” Laurent said. “I don’t know if it’s worth it or not. I’ve been playing for six years and I want to continue to play, but I still want to live until I’m 80, 90 years old.”