News broke yesterday of the suspension of former Sun Devil and current Arizona Cardinal, Gerrell Robinson. According to the Arizona Republic's Kent Somers, the suspension came as a result of the violating the NFL's performance enhancing substance ban.
With Robinson set to sit out the next four games, the Cardinals have many options as to what they can do with the practice squad wide receiver. One of the options they can take, and should take, involves replacing him with another player.
There is no denying the success Robinson had as a Sun Devil. His 77 catches, 1,397 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior are all impressive numbers. Combine those with his large stature, great speed and soft hands and you have a prototypical NFL wide receiver. It was a coup for the Cardinals to be able to sign him to their practice squad after the Broncos cut him.
But now, it's time for them to part ways.
The Cardinals have always been an organization that has been able to maintain a respectable image. Take this past summer, for example. In an offseason full of NFL players being arrested for drunk driving, drug possession and even assault charges, the Cardinals had no players get into any sort of trouble. With Robinson's recent slip up, that has all changed.
The Cardinals can, and should, replace him on their practice squad. Although they may not find a receiver that is the caliber of Robinson, they can easily replace him. There are plenty of undrafted receivers looking for work that will not take the spot for granted as Robinson did.
Will the four games he is out make a huge difference in the long run? Probably not. The team only dresses four wide receivers on game day anyhow and if needed, they could activate LaRon Byrd. It's about the principle of what he did. He did not represent the Arizona Cardinal name well.
Believe me, it's hard to imagine me wanting a Sun Devil, the team I root for, to not be on my favorite NFL team. But in order to uphold the strong image the club has made for itself, it is the right thing to do. And at this point, it is the only thing to do.