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NFL: Packers receiver Robinson is reinstated

MILWAUKEE -- Koren Robinson's biggest supporter never forgot about him even as the Packers jumped out to the NFC's best record.

Now Robinson says he won't let Brett Favre, or the rest of his teammates, down.

"I'm glad I get an opportunity to redeem myself," Robinson said Wednesday night in a conference call from Houston, while traveling to see his family before heading to Green Bay.

Robinson has a final chance under the NFL's substance abuse policy after the league reinstated the wide receiver from his one-year suspension on Wednesday.

If Robinson violates the policy again, he faces a lifetime ban.

"I know this is my last chance," he said. "If I do anything to jeopardize that, I didn't deserve it in the first place."

Robinson said Favre, who has shared his own struggles with excessive drinking, checked in with him every month or so over the past year, and more frequently when the season began. The quarterback has been outspoken that Robinson deserved another chance.

"To have him speak highly of me, it just motivates me to continue to do what I'm doing," Robinson said. "He also just says that he's here for me. Regardless of what happens, he'll always be here for me. That's cool. That makes me feel good, man."

Wednesday was the first day Robinson was eligible to return from his suspension.

Robinson's suspension came in the wake of an incident in August 2006 while he was playing for the Minnesota Vikings. Police said Robinson led them on a car chase at speeds over 100 mph, and his blood-alcohol content was found to be 0.11 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08.

The Vikings cut Robinson, and he signed a two-year deal with the Packers in September 2006, but played in only four games before he was suspended.

In February, Robinson was sentenced to 90 days in jail after pleading down to a charge of fleeing police. Robinson also was sentenced to three months in jail for violating probation on a separate drunken-driving case in Kirkland, Wash., last year.

FALCONS TURN TO LEFTWICH -- Byron Leftwich has replaced Joey Harrington as the Atlanta Falcons' starting quarterback. Hoping to spark an offense that's struggled without suspended quarterback Michael Vick, coach Bobby Petrino said Wednesday he plans to keep Leftwich as his starter for the rest of the season.

"He has a very strong arm," Petrino said. "He throws the ball deep down the field, and he just needs to be able to see it, and I have the confidence that he can put it in there. I think he'll do well."

EVERETT HAPPY TO BE ALIVE -- Bills tight end Kevin Everett feels fortunate to be alive, and is determined to continue the significant progress he's already made in the five weeks since sustaining a severe spinal cord injury.

"I have shown significant progress in my recovery," Everett said Wednesday, in a statement released by Memorial Hermann/TIRR, where the player has spent the past three weeks in rehab. "But I am also fully aware that the recovery from this type of injury I have sustained is filled with many peaks and valleys. While the road to recovery is long and hard, I am determined to fight through it each and every day."

The comments were Everett's first since he was hurt while making a tackle during Buffalo's season opener against Denver. They came days after he was able to take a few first steps with the assistance of a walker, and had developed enough strength to use his feet to push himself around in a wheelchair.

QUICK HITTERS -- Bills rookie quarterback Trent Edwards will make his third consecutive start Sunday when Buffalo hosts Baltimore, leading to questions about whether J.P. Losman will ever get his job back. ... Lions running back Kevin Jones will get his first start of the season Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jones missed the first two games of the season recovering from a foot injury, but has had at least 10 carries in each of the past two games.

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