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
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."