An MRI conducted two weeks ago revealed the severity of Robinson's injury, which was unrelated to contact straining according to Saban. Team doctors treated the ailment after diagnosis but with no success, and Robinson chose to undergo surgery that would force him to miss the season.
"We are very disappointed for Reggie and his family," Saban said. ""He has worked very hard for the upcoming season and his contribution as a player and leader will certainly be missed. It will be our goal to support Reggie in every way in his attempt to return to our team in the future."
Robinson has not had a red-shirt season yet and could conceivably return to the team in 2002. He will be able to workout and rehabilitate with the LSU staff.
A product of Fair Park High School in Shreveport, Robinson started all 12 games for the Tigers in 2000 and finished second on the team with 31 receptions for 391 yards and two touchdowns. His highlights included an 80-yard touchdown catch against Western Carolina and a career-best 10 catches for 102 yards against Mississippi State.
For his career, Robinson has played in 30 games with 19 starts and has 77 receptions for 1,061 yards and six touchdowns.