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Wynn to IR, Koren Robinson activated by Packers

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Associated Press
October 31, 2007
— DeShawn Wynn's season is over, while Koren Robinson's could begin Sunday at Kansas City.

With their roster exemption from the NFL for Robinson expiring, the Green Bay Packers added the reinstated wide receiver Tuesday, making room for him on the 53-man roster by placing Wynn, their leading rusher, on season-ending injured reserve.


Coach Mike McCarthy said Wynn has "a significant shoulder injury."


"It's part of the game," said Wynn, who started four games and rushed 50 times for 203 yards and four touchdowns. "You can't really control injuries."


Wynn has had a lot of them.


He suffered a "stinger" on the third play of the second quarter of the Packers' 19-13 victory at Denver Monday night.


It was the latest in a long line of setbacks for the rookie.


Wynn missed time during the offseason with a strained calf and most of training camp with a stomach virus and quadriceps strain.


Then he had to come out of the team's Oct. 7 game against Chicago after one series because of dehydration, and he missed practice time last week with a neck injury suffered while weightlifting.


On Monday night, Wynn was hit on his only carry of the game - a 1-yard pickup from the Packers' 1-yard line - and said afterward that he "couldn't feel his shoulder."


Ryan Grant replaced him and rushed for 104 yards, making him the team's first 100-yard rusher since Ahman Green gained 102 yards against the New York Jets on Dec. 3, 2006.


Wynn fell to the seventh round of the April draft because of a reputation for a poor work ethic and an inability to play through injuries, but Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the club still believes in him.


"Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game. I think you look at DeShawn Wynn, and I'm very pleased for what he's accomplished in the short time he's been here," McCarthy said. "He's a seventh-round pick. He had to fight like hell at the end of training camp (to make the team). Heck, he was our starting running back at one point.


"It's unfortunate that he has to go down on IR, but we're excited about DeShawn's future here. Because he has all the ability. He can be as good as he wants to be."


Meanwhile, Robinson isn't guaranteed he will return to action against the Chiefs, despite being officially on the roster.


He experienced soreness in his surgically repaired right knee during the five practices last week, preventing the Packers from activating for Monday night's game.


McCarthy said the soreness was to be expected after Robinson's one-year suspension for his third violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.


"That's a lot of work for someone that's just coming in here for the first time (in a year)," McCarthy said, adding that he'll decide at the end of the week whether to play Robinson against the Chiefs. "It may take a couple weeks to get that under control. It's just something you have to watch and see."


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WELLS OUT? Center Scott Wells, who missed the team's Oct. 14 game against Washington with a fractured orbital socket and Monday night's game with a sinus infection, is still "sick" and will be limited in practice, McCarthy said.


"He doesn't have a lot of strength," McCarthy said. "We'll see how his week goes."


McCarthy said the medical staff initially thought the infection was related to the fracture, which occurred near the bridge of Wells' nose, but the doctors have since dismissed that theory.


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CELEBRATION TIME: The Packers shared their downtown Denver hotel Sunday night with the Boston Red Sox, who celebrated their World Series title but apparently did so quietly enough not to disturb the slumbering footballers.


"We didn't feel that was a distraction at all," McCarthy said. "The big band (they had) playing had a heck of a time, from what the security guys told me, (but) we had very little interaction. I went down to get a coffee (Monday) at Starbucks and I saw a number of their players that were catching the bus or getting ready to leave. They looked like they had a great time, and they should have. I'll tell you what, there was a ton of energy just in the city altogether. It was obviously special."


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EXTRA POINTS: The Packers set season highs with 13 penalties for 103 yards on Monday night, the most penalties since they were flagged 14 times for 100 yards in the 2005 season opener at Detroit and the most yards since racking up 118 yards on 13 flags at Minnesota on Nov. 17, 2002. "There's no excuse for that," McCarthy said. ... McCarthy said quarterback Brett Favre was at fault on the broken play early in the third quarter when Grant went one way and Favre went the other on a handoff, resulting in a 7-yard loss. "He's supposed to hand the ball off the way the line and Ryan went," McCarthy said. ... After downplaying the significance of the Mile High altitude, McCarthy admitted fatigue was a factor in the Packers' missed tackles during the Broncos' game-tying field-goal drive at the end of regulation.


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