STATE COLLEGE - Penn State senior guard Elijah Robinson will no longer play football because of a neck injury suffered in spring practice, the school announced yesterday.

Robinson, a product of Camden's Woodrow Wilson High who was competing for a starting job, was diagnosed by team doctors at the time of the injury with a tight spinal column. Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, Penn State's director of athletic medicine, said impact to Robinson's head could pinch the spinal cord and cause temporary or permanent paralysis.

"This is a big loss," coach Joe Paterno said in a statement. "Elijah did very well in our winter conditioning and had been working hard to improve. He had an opportunity to be a big contributor this season. I'm disappointed for him in regards to his football career, but you can't take any chances with his future."

Robinson moved from defensive tackle to guard last year. *