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Buffalo Bills place linebacker Keenan Robinson on reserve/retired list

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The veteran signed late in free agency and looked to be creeping up the depth chart

Veteran linebacker Keenan Robinson, who signed with the Buffalo Bills merely days before training camp opened, has been placed on the reserve/retired list by the team, according to an official announcement from the Bills.

Robinson, 29, was selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He spent three seasons in the nation’s capital, starting 21 of the 36 games he played. His best season came in 2013, when he combined for 104 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 interception, and 3 pass breakups over 13 games started. In all, he made 171 tackles as a member of the Redskins, breaking up 6 passes and intercepting 2 more overall. The 1.5 sacks he accumulated in 2013 were the only ones in his NFL career.

After the 2015 season, he signed a contract with the New York Giants. After playing in all 16 games in 2016, he only managed to suit up for 6 contests last season. He made 111 tackles with the Giants, breaking up 9 passes as well.

In Buffalo, Robinson was expected to compete for a backup spot on the linebacker depth chart. He began camp working with the third team, and he made occasional appearances with the second unit, as well. However, he began to steal starter’s reps from weakside linebacker Matt Milano, most notably replacing the second-year man as he struggled against the Cleveland Browns during last week’s preseason contest. Robinson was expected to provide solid depth at the weakest position on Buffalo’s defensive unit.

Buffalo’s roster now stands at 89 players.