Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson was shot multiple times as the victim of an attempted carjacking in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. At least two bullets struck Robinson in the lower body, reports NFL Media.
Robinson is in stable condition at the hospital, and his injuries are not considered to be life threatening. The Commanders confirmed the injuries, and coach Ron Rivera, who visited with Robinson at the hospital Sunday night, reported the running back was in good spirits.
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“I just got done visiting w/Brian,” Rivera wrote on Twitter. “He is in good spirits and wanted me to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers & support. He wants his teammates to know he appreciates them all for reaching out and he loves them all & will be back soon doing what he does best.”
According to The Washington Post, a contingent from the team accompanied Rivera to the hospital, including owners Dan and Tanya Snyder, president Jason Wright, GM Martin Mayhew, chief medical officer Anthony Casolaro and director of mental wellness Barbara Roberts.
The suspects attempted to take Robinson’s Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, according to NBC News Washington. As Robinson fought off the robbery, shots were fired. As of late Sunday night, the suspects were at large, and police were looking for two juveniles, according to The Washington Post.
Robinson, 23, was a third-round pick of the Commanders in the 2022 draft. A native of Tuscaloosa, Robinson went to Alabama and was a two-time national champion. He rushed for 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns last season for the Tide and was thought to be winning the battle for the Commanders’ starting running back position this summer.
He did not play in Saturday night’s preseason loss to the Ravens, but in the Commanders’ first two preseason games, Robinson rushed 14 times for 57 yards and a touchdown.