Rashard Robinson
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Rashard Robinson returns after a four-game suspension for the New York Jets, who released safety J.J. Wilcox in a corresponding move.

Geoff Magliocchetti

The New York Jets secondary got a much-needed reinforcement on Monday afternoon, announcing the activation of cornerback Rashard Robinson in a team statement. To make room on the active roster, safety J.J. Wilcox was released.

Robinson, 23, was suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. He will begin his second season with the Jets, having begun his career with the San Francisco 49ers as a fourth-round pick in 2016.


In 14 games, including eight starts, last season, Robinson had 29 tackles, seven pass deflections, an interception, and a forced fumble. This preseason, he had nine tackles and two pass deflections over four exhibitions.

Robinson’s return comes at an ideal time for the Jets, who are short on cornerbacks entering this Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts (1:00 p.m. ET, CBS). Their previous victory against Denver on Sunday proved costly, as Buster Skrine left with a concussion, while Trumaine Johson was already unavailable due to a quad injury suffered in practice.

To make room for Robinson, the veteran, Wilcox, was released. The Jets were the fourth team for Wilcox, who began his career as a member of the Dallas Cowboys, chosen in the third round of the 2013 draft. On the season, he had tallied three tackles in five games,

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