In August, while most NFL players were withering in the hot sun during training camp, Koren Robinson was in a 28-day program at an alcohol and drug rehabilitation facility. Three months later, as Robinson celebrates Thanksgiving with him mom, he is the 2005 Vikings recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
The Block award is voted on by players, who select one teammate a year. In the past, the honoree has typically been a player who has overcome injury (like Robert Smith) or even tragedy (like Lewis Kelly). The award symbolizes courage, sportsmanship and extra effort to overcome adversity and Robinson fits that bill.
In September, the Vikings released Robinson twice so as not to be on the hook for his entire 2005 salary in the event he had a relapse of his behaviors that got him cut from the Seahawks. When the Packers offered Robinson considerably more money to go there after the team lost Javon Walker, Robinson opted to re-sign with the Vikings for less money -- citing that when he was at his lowest point, it was the Vikings who expressed an interest in signing him and letting him get his pro career jump-started.
VU would like to congratulate Robinson as the 2005 winner of the Block Courage Award. The team couldn't have made a more appropriate selection.
THANKSGIVING DAY NOTES
* The Lions will continue their Thanksgiving tradition of putting more fans to sleep than triptophan when they host the Falcons today. Detroit has lost three of the last four Thanksgiving Day games, but following the game the Lions will have a long week of rest and practice before hosting the Vikings in Week 13 of the season.
* The offensive line shuffle continues in earnest. From last Monday to this Sunday there will be three different starters on the line, with Melvin Fowler returning to start at center, rookie Marcus Johnson replacing Mike Rosenthal at right tackle and Anthony Herrera starting at left guard.
* After just one game in the lineup, guard Toniu Fonoti might be on the sidelines again after suffering a significant groin injury that will leave him out of Sunday's game at a minimum. Former starter Chris Liwienski will back up Herrera at left guard.
* Fred Smoot practiced Wednesday and, while he's listed as out for Sunday, is expected to return in time for the Lions game the following week.
* Troy Williamson didn't practice and is a question mark to be active for Sunday's game.
* Williamson's injury coincides with the anticipated return of Nate Burleson, who isn't listed on the injury report this week after being deactived for Monday's game.
* Jim Kleinsasser didn't practice Wednesday, but is expected to play Sunday.
K-Rob Wins Block Award
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