Playful Koren Robinson ended five weeks of silence yesterday by rubbing the Seahawks logo on a banner outside the team's headquarters.
KIRKLAND — Playful Koren Robinson ended five weeks of silence yesterday by rubbing the Seahawks logo on a banner outside the team’s headquarters, channeling good luck they both could use.
Slimmed-down Koren Robinson boasted about weighing in at 205 pounds, a number he called his “fighting weight.”
Regretful Koren Robinson called his four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy — which followed a one-game suspension for violating team rules — “a learning experience.”
And Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren wondered. Has immature Koren Robinson finally learned his lesson?
“I would think so,” Holmgren said, catching himself. “I would hope so.”
Robinson spent his time away watching the Seahawks on television, wishing he was there, wondering what he missed. He visited former teammate Shawn Springs in Northern Virginia (Springs missed four weeks in 2001 for a similar suspension). He worked out at the team facility and studied the increasing nuances of the playbook.
And when he returned yesterday to a media audience gathered two deep around that logo, Robinson was smiling, joking, explaining how he didn’t believe his image took a hit.
“My mama loves me. The Lord loves me. Coach respects me. As a man then, hey, you’ve got to move on. I’m going to smile, keep it moving, keep my prayers up that-away.”
Robinson pointed skyward when he said this. Back on earth, the Seahawks could use some divine intervention these next two weeks. The key to this season could rest on Robinson’s unstable, but oh-so-talented shoulders.
Holmgren didn’t commit to Robinson starting against Arizona on Sunday, saying he will have a better idea by tomorrow what kind of shape Robinson is in. Holmgren said regardless of Robinson’s starter status, he will split time with Jerry Rice opposite Darrell Jackson. The Seahawks have until Saturday to add Robinson to the active roster.
“To think that he’s going to be going on all four cylinders, like he was before the suspension, I think is probably a little ambitious,” Holmgren said. “But at the same time, the game’s very, very important, and he has to play and be a part of it. He’s got to help us. Now.”
Robinson started practice yesterday by slapping hands with everyone on offense before his first play back from what was reported on some Internet sites to be a suspension for using marijuana. That’s what he missed the most these last five weeks. Being in the huddle. Being with his team.
He wasn’t there through two wins and three losses, wasn’t there when Jackson, one of his best friends, lost his father, wasn’t there to congratulate Rice on his reemergence.
“It’s a learning experience,” Robinson said. “Don’t put yourself in certain situations or stuff like that can happen. Just take whatever you can from that and just move on. I’m 24. I’m still growing as a young man. I still have a lot to learn.”
Holmgren agreed with that assessment, even after Robinson’s previous suspensions and problems with time management. He was asked yesterday what will happen if Robinson finds himself in trouble again.
“I don’t think it’s a last chance for him,” Holmgren said. “I will say that.”
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