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Rams place DT A’Shawn Robinson on NFI to start his first season with the team

It’s not ideal but at least the Rams were fortunate to keep Michael Brockers

NFL: OCT 16 Rams at Lions Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A’Shawn Robinson’s first season with the LA Rams hasn’t gone as planned. The defensive tackle who spent his first four years with the Detroit Lions after being a second round pick in 2016 has missed all of training camp and will open the season on the Non-Football Injury list, per Adam Schefter.

Players on the NFI list are subject to the same rules as players on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which are as follows:

Players on the PUP list may not practice or play the first six weeks of the season. After the sixth week, the player must be allowed to return to practice, placed on injured reserved or released within five weeks.

If the player returns to practice, the team has three weeks to decide to place him on the active roster or on the injured reserve list.

Players on the PUP list do not count against the 53-man roster, but do count against the 90-man roster limit.

Robinson has missed three games in each of the last two seasons and he will miss at least six to start 2020. The Rams have held onto undrafted free agent defensive lineman Eric Banks thus far, it seems, and still have Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Sebastian Joseph-Day, Morgan Fox and Greg Gaines.

This news makes it all the more fortunate that Brockers’ deal with the Baltimore Ravens fell through, allowing him to return to the Rams. Ironically, Robinson passed with flying colors and had no complications with the free agent contract he signed.