Robinson officially gets the boot

Koren Robinson

Receiver will not be eligible to return until early in 2007 season

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Koren Robinson has been suspended without pay for a minimum of one year for violating the NFL Substance Abuse Policy.

Robinson is eligible to be reinstated no sooner than Sept. 18, 2007. That's one year to the day after the NFL determined he violated the substance abuse policy. Robinson appealed, and that appeal was heard and denied this week, but the length of the suspension is dated from the original finding, not from the appeal date.

During his suspension, Robinson is not allowed to work with the team or at the Packers' facilities, and is no longer on the active roster. He signed a two-year contract with the team in early September.

Robinson previously was suspended for four games in 2004 when he was with the Seattle Seahawks for violating the Substance Abuse Policy.

Earlier today, Robinson pleaded not guilty in a St. Peter, Minn. court to charges of drunken driving and fleeing police stemming from a high-speed chase in August.

Robinson was then taken into custody because of a warrant in Blue Earth County for a previous traffic violation.

The more serious charges came when Robinson was with the Vikings. His car topped 100 mph as police chased him from St. Peter to the Vikings' training camp headquarters in Mankato on Aug. 15. Police say Robinson's blood-alcohol content was 0.11 percent, well above the legal limit of 0.08.

Robinson said Monday he planned to play Sunday against Miami.

On Oct. 4, Robinson was sentenced to three months in jail for violating probation on a separate drunken-driving case in Kirkland, Wash., last year. He plans to serve the sentence after the season.

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