Koren Robinson Arrested

Vikings wide receiver Koren Robinson was arrested shortly before 11 p.m. last night for suspicions of driving under the influence on his way back to Mankato for the remainder of training camp. According to a league source, he was traveling between 90 and 100 miles per hour and led police in on a chase that lasted several miles. At this hour, he remains in jail.

Vikings wide receiver Koren Robinson, projected as a starter and No. 1 receiver for the Vikings in 2006, was arrested Tuesday night on his way back to training camp at Minnesota State-Mankato on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Robinson, who was released by the Seahawks last year while in a treatment facility for previous alcohol-related offenses, was driving between 90 and 100 miles per hour and involved in a police chase that went on "for several miles," according to an NFL source. The arrest was made at 10:46 p.m. by the St. Peter police department and he is currently being held in Nicollet County Jail while charges are prepared to be filed.

Robinson faces a potential one-year suspension from the league for a violation of the league's substance abuse policy if it is proved that alcohol was involved in his arrest. Robinson was suspended for four games in 2004 for violating the league's substance abuse policy and was released by the Seahawks last summer when he was charged with DUI and reckless driving. He was signed by the Vikings Sept. 7 of 2005, which began a series of events that the Vikings used to assure that the organization would not be on the hook for his entire contract if he suffered a relapse.

On Sept. 10, the day before the regular-season opener, Robinson was released by the Vikings, a move planned and approved by both Robinson and his agent. The release was done so that the Vikings would not be obligated to pay his entire 2005 salary if he were to get in trouble with law enforcement or the league for violating the substance abuse program. He was re-signed Sept. 12, but was subsequently released and re-signed again Sept. 20.

Robinson turned some heads earlier this summer when he checked himself into a rehab clinic. At the time, he said it was simply to surround himself with people that could be of assistance to him prior to the start of training camp. At the time, he said he had not suffered a relapse of his problems with alcohol, but was merely seeking affirmation for his problems – which is not unusual, since many people that have battles with alcohol see recovery as an ongoing process.

Robinson, 26, signed a new three-year, $12.7 million contract with the Vikings in the offseason that included language that could void all or most of the deal if he were to have issues involving alcohol. The former ninth overall selection by Seattle in the 2001 draft, Robinson's Vikings career may well be over after making the Pro Bowl last year as a kick returner. Aside from facing a potential one-year suspension from the league, his status with the new-look Vikings organization may also be in doubt regardless of what action the league might take.

Robinson's arrest could force the Vikings' hand in trying to find a replacement. A pair of the league's better receivers – Jerry Porter of the Raiders and Ashley Lelie of the Broncos – are both disgruntled with their current teams and their current contracts and the Vikings might be interested in making a deal for either of them to fill the void if Robinson is not invited back to the team following his release from jail. Porter was in Minneapolis Monday night with the Raiders, but did not see any action while in Art Shell's doghouse for making comments deemed derogatory to the team, while Lelie was pushed to the No. 3 receiver role in Denver after the Broncos made a draft-day trade to acquire Javon Walker.

Robinson is expected to be formally charged later this morning.

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