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."