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Commanders rookie running back car-jacked and shot Sunday in D.C.

Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. was shot multiple times Sunday afternoon in Washington, D.C. in what was confirmed as an armed robbery attempt by D.C. police.


D.C. police have confirmed that as of Monday afternoon there are two suspects still at large.


The Commanders released a statement following the incident Sunday.


“We have been made aware that Brian Robinson Jr. was the victim of an attempted armed robbery or carjacking in Washington, D.C. He sustained non-life threatening injuries and is currently being treated at the hospital, where team officials are on-site with him. We ask that you please respect Brian’s privacy at this time.”


NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that Robinson was shot twice in his lower body. Per the report from Pelissero, the preliminary investigation suggests that Robinson was targeted for the attempted armed robbery or carjacking and that D.C. police was able to recover a firearm nearby.


“He is in good spirits and wanted me to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers and support,” Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said Sunday via his Twitter account. “He wants his teammates to know he appreciates them for reaching out and he loves them all and will be back soon doing what he does best.”


Robinson is a 2022 third round pick out of Alabama. After starting training camp buried on the depth chart, he has been thoroughly impressing coaches, and was considered by many as the presumptive starter or co-starter with veteran running back Antonio Gibson heading into the 2022 regular season.


“He’s a perfectionist,” Commanders running backs coach Randy Jordan said in a mid-August press conference. “He may break off 20 yards, and I’m back there clapping, and I’m like, ‘Great job.’ He’s pissed because he didn’t go for 40.”


Robinson had 14 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown this preseason, appearing in two games before sitting out the preseason finale against Baltimore.


Robinson could be released from the hospital as early as Monday evening. NFL Network reporter Ian Rappaport has indicated that Robinson is doing as well as possible given the circumstances.


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