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Friday, May 11, 2007
Robinson forced to end career at Penn State

Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State offensive lineman Elijah Robinson's football career is over after he sustained a neck injury in spring practice.

Robinson walked off the field and was not hospitalized after the injury, but team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli discovered after examinations that Robinson was born with a tight spinal canal, team officials said.

Any impact to Robinson's head could pinch the spinal column and result in paralysis, the team said Thursday in a statement.

Robinson, of Camden, N.J., had been in the running for a starting spot on the line. He had two years of eligibility left.

"This is a big loss for the team," coach Joe Paterno said. "I'm disappointed for him in regards to his football career, but you can't take any chances with his future."