NFL player ticker: Robinson 'not in rehab'

Wide receiver Koren Robinson, whom the 49ers briefly considered acquiring last year when he was dumped by the Seattle Seahawks, quickly responded to reports last week that he was back in a South Carolina rehab facility. Now playing for the Minnesota Vikings, Robinson – who is a recovering alcoholic – said he is simply taking classes in an effort to help him maintain his sobriety.

"I'm not in rehab; it's nothing like that," Robinson said. "I'm taking prevention classes so I won't have to go back to rehab or won't have a situation. I just wanted to get away, make sure I'm bulletproof. So I'm just trying to be proactive. When did it become not cool to be proactive?"

A web site report about Robinson being in rehab gained momentum when his agent, Alvin Keels, confirmed the story but said Robinson was doing this on his terms and that treatment hadn't been mandated by the NFL or the Vikings.

The 26-year-old Robinson joined the Vikings as a free agent last September after being released by Seattle in June following some well-documented alcohol problems he had during his four seasons with the Seahawks. The ninth overall pick in the 2001 draft was cut after his arrest for drunken driving in May 2005.

The 49ers, who were in desperate need for some veteran talent at receiver last year, gave some thought to pursuing Robinson before coach Mike Nolan – who puts a lot of value and emphasis on character – declined to make a bid for his services, for obvious reasons. Robinson, however, left his problems behind when he got to Minnesota and earned a Pro Bowl berth as a kick returner.

In 2004, Robinson had been suspended for four games after violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and the Seahawks tacked on two more games for missing team meetings. The league's action meant Robinson's next positive test would lead to a one-year suspension.

--- RB Marshall Faulk's agent, Rocky Arceneaux, said his client is likely to decide whether or not to play in 2006 within the next week to 10 days. Faulk is attempting to rehab in California from surgery on both knees, one if which is apparently responding better than the other. "He's going to be evaluated again, and that's when the decision will be made," Arceneaux told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday.

--- RB Priest Holmes is still uncertain whether he will play in 2006. His personal trainer told the Kansas City Star that Holmes' status is "still in limbo." Holmes has yet to be cleared to play following head and neck trauma following a helmet-to-helmet collision Oct. 30. His trainer, Bremond "Bay Bay" McClinton, told the paper that Holmes is training, but "not a lot."

--- QB Patrick Ramsey, who will compete with Chad Pennington for the starting job, agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million extension that keeps him under contract through 2007, according to the Daily News. The paper reported the deal includes a $1.4 million roster bonus next March, and that $250,000 of his base salary for 2006 becomes guaranteed.

--- Rookie OG Max Jean-Gilles signed a four-year contract with the Eagles. Financial terms were not disclosed. A fourth round draft choice out of Georgia, Jean-Gilles (6-3, 338) earned consensus All-America honors as a senior in 2005. An anchor on the Bulldogs offensive line, Jean-Gilles has never missed any action due to injury. He allowed just three sacks in 40 career starts and was part of a senior class that earned 44 victories, the most by any class in UGA history. The Miami, FL, native attended North Miami Beach HS, where he earned All-America honors as a two-way lineman. The Eagles moved up to the 99th pick to select Jean-Gilles in the 4th round, trading their 4th round selection (108th overall) and veteran DT Hollis Thomas.

--- LB Roderick Green was released from the hospital Monday, a day after he was stabbed in the stomach outside a bowling center in Baltimore County. Sgt. Vickie Warehime told the Baltimore Sun that Green and the suspect reportedly bumped into each other in the bowling center, and after a "heated argument," the suspect later broke free from friends and chased Green through the parking lot. Green was then reportedly stabbed in the stomach before getting in a friend's car.

--- LB Junior Seau could be headed for retirement after 16 seasons. Following a fundraising event in Bremerton, Wash. over the weekend, he told the Kitsap Sun: "I'm blessed to be where I am. I've got a great opportunity to do some great things because of the game of football."

--- C Will Montgomery, a seventh-round pick by the Panthers, has agreed to a contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, although his agent told the Charlotte Observer that it is for three years.

--- WR Jeremy Bloom, a fifth-round pick, has agreed to a four-year, $1.782 million contract with the Eagles, according to several published reports.

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