Koren Robinson returned to practice Monday afternoon with the Green Bay Packers, and there is a chance that he will be able to play next Monday night when the Packers play the Denver Broncos.
Robinson addressed reporters after practice in front of his locker and appears much leaner than he did when he left the Packers about a year ago to serve a one-year suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Coach Mike McCarthy and others have been impressed by Robinson's physical condition, so now it's a matter of catching up with the rest of the offense and getting into the flow.
"They're six games in," said Robinson. "This is my first week, actually. Like I've said, I've been down (in Phoenix) working out and everything, but you can't simulate it. No matter what you do. No matter what it is, you can't simulate it, especially when you're out there competing. I'm not trying to put pressure on myself but at the same time, I feel like I've got to come in and show people that I have been (working out) and I'm not that far off."
Robinson, 27, spent most of the weekend with Ty Knott, the team's offensive quality control coach, catching up on the offense. Robinson played in four games last season, but hasn't practiced with the team since early October of last year. He said today the team focused on first and second downs, and play-action, and will again on Tuesday. He also will use the team's scheduled day off on Wednesday to cram some more on the playbook and film study.
"I already know the concepts, the routes and terminology," said Robinson. "I understand where I'm at and where I need to go."
If the Packers decide to activate Robinson for next Monday night's game, they probably will use him on a limited basis - returning kickoffs and as the fourth or fifth receiver. Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Ruvell Martin are all healthy, so it would be surprising to see Robinson to play more than a handful of snaps on offense. But in case of injury to another receiver, he is capable of steping in and helping out.
"He has a good foundation," said McCarthy. "I can only tell by what I see and my conversations with him. He's off to a good start. There's not a whole lot new from his time here last year and this year. It's like learning a language. He has the foundation and a variation or two will come off a base concept, so he'll have a basic understanding of a particular play, so I think he'll be fine."
Robinson said he received a warm welcome from teammates today.
"It felt good," Robinson said. "It's a great feeling, a great feeling. Everybody welcomed me in with open arms, saying they missed me and all that. To get out there for the first time with them and go through a physical practice is overwhelming. I'm happy to be back and happy I got this second opportunity."
The Packers have until Oct. 30 to activate Robinson, according to a Scout.com source. In order to make room on the roster for Robinson, Green Bay will have to either waive a player, or place a player on season-ending injured reserve.
Until then, Robinson will continue to prepare to help Green Bay's offense, and get into better football shape.
"My leg is good. My knee is good. My wind is good," Robinson said. "Just running with that equipment on with my helmet on and my shoulder pads on, I've got to get used to that. I try not to put a lot of pressure on myself, like I've got to come out of every route sharp, and I've got to catch every ball. I feel like if I do what I'm capable of doing and work my way in, everything will be cool."