Carolina's Duke Robinson suspended for final 4 games

Duke Robinson was slated to be the starting right guard for the Carolina Panthers this season until he arrived for training camp out of shape and was played on the physically unable to perform list.

Now, the second-year player will finish the season on the suspended list as Robinson has been suspended without pay for the final four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy, according to the Charlotte Observer. Unfortunately for Robinson, it’s been a lost year as he was placed on injured reserve before the season started with a torn knee ligament.

If there is an upside to the situation, Robinson can serve the suspension while on injured reserve, allowing him to put the matter behind him and prepare for next season. A fifth-round draft pick from Oklahoma in 2009, big things were projected for Robinson but he’s yet to make them happen. With sweeping chance expected in Carolina, it will be interesting to see what the future holds for him.

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