Robinson handed 1-year suspension

Koren Robinson may have played in his final game this season for the Green Bay Packers. The wide receiver has been suspended from the National Football League for a year, according to national television reports Sunday.

Robinson played against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday because the ruling is under appeal, according to reports.

CBS-TV said Robinson's appeal did not have much chance of reversing the league's suspension and that he would be unavailable to the Packers for the rest of the season once the appeals process is complete.

League spokesman Vince Casey told the Associated Press tonight that Robinson "has not been suspended," but would not comment on whether the receiver is in the middle of the appeals process.

Robinson was signed by the Packers in Week 2. He caught four passes for 42 yards and returned two kickoffs for 40 yards Sunday against the Rams. He declined to talk about the appeal with the media afterward.

"It's not my situation," Robinson said. "We just lost to the Rams. I would like to talk about the game and figure out what I can do better and what we can do to get better as an offense. With that said, I'm only taking questions about the game."

Robinson on Wednesday was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, beginning no later than Feb. 28, 2007, for violating terms of his probation for a drunken-driving case in May 2005 while he was with the Seattle Seahawks. On Aug. 16, when he was with the Minnesota Vikings, Robinson was charged with six criminal counts including two related to drunken driving. He was released by the Vikings and signed by the Packers on Sept. 12.

"Two weeks ago, Koren Robinson was given notice by the league office that he has been hit with a one-year suspension, barring an appeal," Jay Glazer said on "Fox NFL Sunday," the network's pregame show. "Now what happens is he is allowed to play until his appeal is heard. That's set in a couple of weeks. Once that happens, if it gets overturned, he can continue to play. If the suspension is upheld, he's out for a year."

The Packers have a bye next weekend. They resume play Oct. 22 at Miami.

Charley Casserly of CBS' "The NFL Today" pregame show reported that's it's unlikely Robinson would play much more for Green Bay this season.

The suspension comes right when Robinson is beginning to take on a larger role in the offense — a role that didn't figure to diminish with Robert Ferguson out indefinitely with an injured foot.

Robinson caught a season-high four passes against St. Louis, including a big one to convert a third-and-2 on the Packers' final drive on Sunday. He played in about two-thirds of the Packers' offensive snaps.

He was suspended fo four games while with Seattle in 2004 for breaking the league's substance-abuse policy. A second offense is a one-year suspension, a penalty the Packers knew was likely when they signed him.

Robinson signed a two-year contract with the Packers, meaning he'll be under contract when the suspension expires next season.

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