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Denard Robinson couldn't keep his hand open in 2013

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The former Michigan quarterback sustained an elbow injury in the middle of the 2012 season, but a few details have surfaced on why it may have affected his production last year.

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During his senior season, Denard Robinson suffered an injury to his elbow against Nebraska. The hit forced Robinson from the game and Devin Gardner into the starting quarterback position.

But according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union, some new information has surfaced on the severity of the injury and how it was related to some nerve damage in Robinson's hand.

O'Halloran said he had an off-the-record conversation with Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell where Caldwell disclosed how severe the injury was and how it lingered into last season. After Caldwell made some of that information public, O'Halloran disclosed some of the details.

"He didn’t have full strength in his hand and he couldn’t keep it open … With nerves, you never know when they’re going to re-generate – it could be a day, two days, a year, two years, three years. With the time off this off-season and a lot of work, it came back for him."

The news isn't incredibly surprising, but it could provide answers to those wondering why Robinson should make the final 53-man roster despite a lack of playing time and production last year.