Robinson's return good for Packers

Wide receiver should be able to contribute immediately on offense and special teams

It's official. Koren Robinson is again elibile to play with the Green Bay Packers. The NFL reinstated the suspended wide receiver today, according to reports.

If a 5-1 start doesn't make Packers fans happy, Robinson's return to the Packers should add some icing to what has been a successful start to the season.

Brett Favre last week said that Robinson will be a welcome addition to Packers offense, and maybe in the nick of time. With Bubba Franks sidelined and rookie James Jones' suffering a case the drops, Robinson should be able to step in to benefit the Packers' pass-happy attack.

Favre recently told USA Today that Robinson has been working out with the quarterback's personal trainer in Phoenix to increase his preparation for a possible comeback. Robinson also had been working out at a Green Bay fitness facility last summer, according to Packer Report sources, in between the jail sentences that he served in Minnesota over the past year.

Robinson's suspension came in the wake of an incident in August 2006 while he was playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Police said Robinson led them on a car chase at speeds over 100 mph, and his blood-alcohol content was found to be 0.11 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08. The Vikings cut Robinson, and he signed a two-year deal with the Packers in September 2006.

Robinson, 27, played in four games with the Packers before he was suspended, but clicked well with Favre.

Robinson had seven catches for 89 yards, and also returned for 253 yards (21.1 avg.).

Robinson should be able to step in and help take pressure off Pro Bowl receiver Donald Driver, who often draws double coverages. A Pro Bowl kickoff returner, Robinson also will be available to help special teams.

Robinson's agent, Alvin Keels, told USA Today that his client is expected to fly to Green Bay on Wednesday night.

"He's in the best shape of his life," Keels said.

Favre also confirmed with USA Today that Robinson is not only in great physical shape, but much stronger mentally as well following his recent episode of events.

Good for Robinson, and good for the Packers, who just got a little bit better.

Todd Korth is managing editor of and Packer Report magazine. E-mail him at

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