Favre confident in Robinson

Quarterback feels receiver can do well if he stays on the right track

After getting back to work with Koren Robinson the last two days, Brett Favre is confident the troubled receiver can contribute right away Monday night at Denver.

"He not only has the ability and tools, but he has an awareness, which you either have or you don't have it," Favre said after practice Tuesday. Robinson was reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week after serving a one-year suspension as a repeat offender of the league's substance-abuse policy.

The former first-round draft pick returned to Green Bay on Thursday during the team's bye week and got back up to speed on the playbook during the weekend with assistant receivers coach Ty Knott.

Robinson was on the field Monday, when the players reconvened for a long practice week. The Packers were given a two-week roster exemption for Robinson. Head coach Mike McCarthy said he would assess Robinson, who appeared in only four games with the Packers last year, in practice before making a determination Monday on whether to activate him for the game.

"He's in good shape. He seems to have excellent recall (of the system)," McCarthy said. "I really don't want to make any quick decisions. I really want to watch him go through the week of practice.

"Everybody is excited he's back. I'm more excited for what he's accomplished (off the field) and the track that he's on for his personal and professional life as he moves forward. But, I'm just going to watch him every day, and we'll make an educated decision at the end of the week."

If Robinson proves he's game ready this week, McCarthy would probably be inclined to deploy him as a kickoff returner and work him in for a few snaps when the offense goes to a four- or five-receiver set.

Favre was supportive of Robinson during his latest ordeal and backed him further as a football player Tuesday.

"He has just a knack for beating guys and adjusting and those things," Favre said. "I haven't been with him long. Just the small amount of time I was with him last year, you could tell he has some playmaking ability and size to go along with it. I think he can be a great player for a long time. Now, if he stays on the right path and physically speaking, if he can avoid any major injury, I think he can have a great career."

The Packers have today off from practice, and will finish the week with on-field work Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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