Greg Robinson, the Oakland Raiders’ leading rusher in 1993, was traded Monday to the Green Bay Packers for a draft choice. But the running back’s agent said Robinson failed a physical in Green Bay, voiding the trade.
“They said something was not right with his left knee,” agent Harold Lewis said. “Supposedly an MRI showed some level of swelling in the knee.”
Robinson gained 591 yards for the Raiders as a rookie in 1993 before a torn anterior cruciate ligament ended his season. He sat out all of last season while rehabilitating the knee.
James Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon, examined the NFL’s No. 1 draft choice, running back Ki-Jana Carter of the Cincinnati Bengals, in Birmingham, Ala., and said surgery should be done to repair the torn ligament in his left knee. Carter would be sidelined for the 1995 season.
Former Australian Rules Football long-ball kicking champion Darren Bennett won the punting job with the San Diego Chargers.
Bennett averaged 45.8 yards on six punts in two exhibition games to beat out free agent Leo Araguz, who was one of 13 players waived by the Chargers on Monday.
Bennett spent last season on the practice squad.
Also, left tackle Harry Swayne, coming off summer knee surgery, practiced for the first time.
The NFL will hold a hearing Thursday to review the circumstances surrounding the cancellation of Saturday night’s exhibition between the Oilers and Chargers because of problems with the artificial turf in the Astrodome in Houston.
The Miami Dolphins waived quarterback Doug Pederson, their inactive third quarterback in ’94 who spent this spring with Scotland in the World League. . . . Pittsburgh Steeler linebacker Greg Lloyd appealed the NFL’s $12,000 fine levied against him for his hit on Green Bay Packer quarterback Brett Favre in an exhibition game on Aug. 13. The Cleveland Browns traded defensive tackle Ronnie Dixon to the Philadelphia Eagles and wide receiver-kick returner Ray Ethridge to the Carolina Panthers.