Vikings head coach Brad Childress said after Wednesday morning's practice that he will not make a "knee-jerk" reaction in regards to personnel, but he said the team needs to address the arrest of wide receiver Koren Robinson and be ready to move on at some point.
"They will not cancel the preseason, they will not cancel the season. We need to deal with it and put it behind us," Childress said.
Robinson was arrested at 10:46 p.m. Tuesday night for suspicion of drunk driving and reckless driving on his way back to Vikings training camp in Mankato after having a day off following the team's preseason opener against Oakland Monday night.
Childress said he learned of the arrest after Robinson missed his 11 p.m. curfew.
"I couldn't be more disappointed for him, for this football team, for this community to have that happen. One of the reasons that I'm here in this job and one of the mandates from (Vikings ownership) is they want this ship run right and I'm trying to create a culture of accountability," Childress said. "It doesn't matter if it's one of you folks or one of our football players – you can't drive when you've been drinking."
Former Vikings coach Mike Tice was informed that his contract wouldn't be renewed just minutes after the team's final game of the 2005 season. The public perception was that Tice didn't have enough control of the players and the Wilf ownership group was looking for a fresh start and more accountability.
"When you have 24 hours off, it's hard to wander around with them," Childress said. "They understand that. Somebody is going to step over a line and somebody is not going to be responsible. I just have no tolerance for that and these guys understand that in no uncertain terms."
The NFL could suspend Robinson for the season if it determines that he violated the substance abuse policy for the third time in his career. He was suspended for four games in 2004, when he was with the Seattle Seahawks, but the Vikings took a chance on him at the beginning of the 2005 season after he completed a stay at an alcohol-abuse treatment facility. He made the Pro Bowl following the 2005 season as a kick returner.
The Vikings could also opt to release him.
Asked if Robinson had played his last game as a Viking, Childress said: "I don't know that right now. He's going to be subject to the laws of this state and whatever the NFL deems fit."
The Vikings opted to re-sign Robinson before the start of free agency last March, inking him to a three-year contract worth $12.7 million. Although the team reportedly took some measures to protect themselves with his contract should an incident like this occur, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that he received $10 million in bonuses over the three years with $5.5 million of it guaranteed. However, Adam Schefter of NFL Network reported that the team had options in the contract that would really make it a one-year deal worth $3 million.
"Those are kind of private things between he and I and this organization on how his contract is structured," Childress said.
Vikings players said they didn't want to comment until they knew all the facts.
The Vikings will be scanning the free-agent wire and looking into potential trades should Robinson be finished with the team.
"We'll continue to roll people through here, but there is not a rush to replace or anything like that," Childress said.
"I'm disappointed with the same idea that we need to move on."
Childress Addresses Robinson's Arrest
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