METAIRIE, La. — Two weeks ago, Will Robinson felt like anyone else.
Monday morning, he felt different.
Sore, to be exact.
After two months earning a paycheck by being a bouncer at a Los Angeles bar, Robinson stepped into the Saints’ lineup in a pinch, covering the right tackle position after New Orleans’ third-stringer Bryce Harris left with a broken right lower leg.
“I was sore,” Robinson said. “I forgot some of those muscles I had in some of those really small spots. It felt good to get in there and bang some heads again.”
Robinson ended up playing 58 of 70 offensive snaps in the Saints’ loss to San Francisco. That he made it that far into the game surprised Jermon Bushrod.
“For someone who came in off a two-month break and had really, didn’t know he was going to play and then go thrown in there against one of the better defensive teams in this league?” Bushrod said. “I thought it was good that he had the energy to just make it through the game. I think that’s pretty tough.”
Robinson spent time on New Orleans’ practice squad form Sept. 5 to Nov. 15, 2011, when he was bumped to the team’s active roster. The Saints waived him on Dec. 28 and a day later, Jacksonville picked him up.
But the Jaguars released him on Aug. 31 this year. Nobody picked him up, leaving him to make a living some other way. That turned out to be a bouncer, a job he had had while he was in college at San Diego State.
To stay in shape, he worked out and participated in cross-fit training.
When he was put in Sunday’s game, it was the first time playing in a game since Dec. 21, 2009. Yet, Robinson said he graded out well considering only spending three days practicing, his first three days on a field since getting waived by the Jaguars.
“Of course it’s easier to come back to a team you’ve already been on, especially when you already know the playbook …, you know the players on the team,” Robinson said. “I love this city and this team. It was nice to come back somewhere.”