Long road ahead

Defensive lineman <!--Default NodeId For Bryan Robinson is 722200,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:722200]>Bryan Robinson</A> missed the two weeks of spring practice that ended June 19 while being treated as an in-patient at an alcohol treatment center, and he could miss the start of training camp.

Robinson, who started 48 straight game at left end from 1998-2001, was arrested twice within a four-month span last year for driving under the influence. After completing rehab, he will be sentenced tomorrow and the term is expected to last 30 days. If he serves the full sentence, Robinson would miss the start of training camp, scheduled to begin July 25.

Bears coach Dick Jauron has been a staunch backer of Robinson's while not condoning the pair of DUIs that got him into his current predicament.

"Our first thought is always the health and welfare of the player," Jauron said. "Bryan knows that he made an error. He made a terrible error in judgment, and he's got to pay a price; whatever price they determine that he has to pay. I'm certainly in agreement with whatever they've decided, and so is he."

Robinson has worked hard to regain the strength he lost last offseason when a mysterious fall at home resulted in a pair of fractured wrists. That kept him from lifting weights for most of the offseason and resulted in a weaker player during a 2002 season that was a major disappointment. Robinson lost his starting job at end last year to rookie Alex Brown, but he is expected to start at tackle this season or to be part of a three-man rotation inside with Ted Washington and Keith Traylor.

"We never want anybody to miss any time, but that's the way it goes," Jauron said. "That's the price he pays; that's the price we pay for what he did. We're looking forward to getting him back. He was obviously much more like the player we had in 2001 in our May mini-camp and in the offseason; strong, big, very hard worker, good attitude guy. Hopefully he's learned a great deal from what's happened."

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