TCU’s Gary Patterson mum on QB Shawn Robinson’s status

TCU coach Gary Patterson didn’t provide an update on quarterback Shawn Robinson during Monday’s Big 12 football coaches conference call.

Robinson exited last Saturday’s game against Iowa State after sustaining an apparent left shoulder injury.

“He hasn’t even done an MRI or anything just yet,” Patterson said. “So no [update].”

Robinson immediately grabbed his left shoulder after a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter on Saturday, and headed to the locker rooms after a lengthy delay. Robinson kept the ball on a read option play, and sustained a big hit on his shoulder from Cyclones safety Greg Eisworth.

Robinson has been battling a shoulder injury much of the season, but does have an extended break to get healthy. The Frogs don’t play again until Oct. 11, a Thursday night game against Texas Tech.

After Saturday’s game, Patterson said he wouldn’t be happy if Robinson had to miss time because of an injury. Patterson has been vocal about his desire to get backup Michael Collins more involved to limit the number of times Robinson exposes himself to hits, as well as keeping Collins and Robinson fresh should something come up such as this injury.

Patterson also believes Robinson could benefit by watching a series or two from the sidelines to get a different perspective on an opponents’ defense.

Asked if he re-visited with co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Sonny Cumbie about how they’d handle the quarterback situation going forward, depending on Robinson’s status, Patterson said: “Yeah, but not anything I would tell you.”

The only thing Patterson revealed on the conference call is that wide receiver/ returner KaVontae Turpin is OK after being knocked out of Saturday’s game. Turpin had to get stitches after enduring a helmet-to-helmet shot in the first half.

“Turpin is fine besides a few stitches,” Patterson said.

Patterson talked about the importance of using the off week to “get healthy” more than anything else such as self scouting.

“More important to get healthy and go forward,” Patterson said. “We self scout every week, we update ourselves every week, so it’s not like we haven’t done anything and then you go back. You’ve already self scouted yourself, you do that on Sundays after every ballgame, so you kind of know as you add things up.

“[On an off week], you recruit, you self scout, you get better, you get healthy, all of the above. That’s what you try to get done when you have a little bit of a break.”

Time will tell on how the break may benefit Robinson.

Robinson was 21-of-29 passing for 182 yards with one touchdown and one interception against Iowa State. He also had 12 rushing yards on 13 carries, and lost a fumble on a sack. For the season, Robinson is competing 63 percent of his passes (94-for-150) for 1,015 yards with seven touchdowns and six interceptions.

Robinson has also rushed for 188 yards and three TDs on 40 carries. He’s taken all but a handful of meaningful snaps this season.

Collins, meanwhile, has appeared in four games. He’s completed 6-of-14 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown. He’s also rushed for 29 yards and one score on three carries.

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