Judge shows Robinson leniency, but will NFL?

Before heading to Bourbonnais the Bears received some good news about <!--Default NodeId For Bryan Robinson is 722200,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722200]>Bryan Robinson</A>, as his 30-day jail sentence was suspended Tuesday. However, the defensive tackle could still have to serve a suspension during the regular season.

A judge gave Robinson credit for 17 days he spent in a rehab center and suspended the remaining 13 days of his jail sentence as long as he completes 360 hours of community service. It stems from Robinson pleading guilty to his second DUI arrest in a year last month, and he still faces a possible suspension by the NFL.

The NFL substance-abuse policy states: "Discipline for a second or subsequent offense is likely to be a suspension, the duration of which may escalate for repeat offenses."

The league has been waiting to make a ruling until after Robinson's case had been concluded. At this point it seems like a formality that the DT will miss time. The only question is, how much? The penalty will likely range between two to four games.

If Robinson does miss any extended period of time, the Bears have depth on the interior of the defensive line. Robinson moves to DT permanently this season and split time with veterans Ted Washington and Keith Traylor.


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