Raiders C Barret Robbins spent 30 days in a treatment facility for a mental disorder and alcohol abuse.
The all-pro lineman disappeared the night before the Raiders' 48-21 Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay in San Diego on Jan. 26. A statement yesterday by his agent, Drew Pittman was the first official disclosure of Robbins's treatment.
"I love the game of football and while it is going to be hard to face my teammates and the public, it is something I have to do," Robbins said in a statement issued by Pittman. "I will continue to receive ongoing treatment and will remain on medication to treat my bipolar disorder."
Robbins missed two meetings and a walk-through the day before the game, and Raiders Coach Bill Callahan said Robbins was incoherent and didn't know where he was when he showed up late that night. Callahan dismissed him, and Adam Treu started the Super Bowl in his place.
The 6-foot-3, 320-pound Robbins, who has a history of depression, was treated at an undisclosed facility. A friend who told the San Francisco Chronicle he'd been drinking with Robbins the night before the game said Robbins was despondent and talked about suicide.
Robbins, 29, was harshly criticized by teammates at first, but the revelations about his medical problems, as well as his apology, has muted some of the resentment.
-- From News Services