The Carolina Panthers added reinforcements to their banged-up offensive line.
A 2015 seventh-round pick, Robinson started five games in 2017 as a replacement. The 6-foot-7 offensive tackle has never stood out as more than a capable backup. The trade coming before cut downs for a later-round pick suggests Robinson was in danger of not making the Lions' roster.
Now the 26-year-old heads to Carolina where he could have a shot at playing time as Ron Rivera's team deals with a plethora of injuries to its starting group. Left tackle Matt Kalil and right tackle Daryl Williams are both dealing with knee injuries that make them question marks to open the season.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press noted that Robinson left Thursday's preseason game with a foot injury, which he's dealt with in the past. The offensive tackle must pass a physical for the trade to go through.