STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -Penn State offensive lineman Elijah Robinson's football career is over after he sustained a neck injury in spring practice.
Robinson walked off the field and was not hospitalized after the injury, but team doctor Wayne Sebastianelli discovered after examinations that Robinson was born with a tight spinal canal, team officials said.
Any impact to Robinson's head could pinch the spinal column and result in paralysis, the team said Thursday in a statement.
Robinson, of Camden, N.J., had been in the running for a starting spot on the line. He had two years of eligibility left.
``This is a big loss for the team,'' coach Joe Paterno said. ``I'm disappointed for him in regards to his football career, but you can't take any chances with his future.''

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