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Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson was shot in an attempted robbery or carjacking in Washington, D.C., the team announced on Sunday.
“We have been made aware that Brian Robinson, Jr. was the victim of an attempted robbery or carjacking in Washington, D.C,” the team wrote in an official statement. “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.”
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said on Twitter that he also spoke with Robinson.
“He is in good spirits and wanted me to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers & support,” Rivera said on Twitter. “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.”
Brian Robinson Jr. of the Washington Commanders is shown during the NFLPA Rookie Premiere on May 21, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Michael Owens/Getty Images)
The shooting reportedly happened at the 1000 block of H St., and according to the Washington Times, police are looking for two suspects who fled the scene. A firearm was also recovered at the scene.
Robinson, a third-round pick out of Alabama in this year’s NFL Draft, has been performing well at training camp for his new team behind running backs Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic.
In his first preseason game against the Carolina Panthers, he had 26 yards on six carries with a touchdown while also catching both of his targets for 15 yards. Given that he didn’t play in the last preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, it was assumed that Robinson had already made enough of an impression to make the team.
Robinson, who had a breakout year for Alabama during their national title run this past season, was taken by Washington in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Georgia Bulldogs’ Christopher Smith (29) trips Alabama Crimson Tide running back Brian Robinson Jr. (4) during the NCAA National Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on January 10, 2022. (Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
In his fifth-year senior year, Robinson rushed for 1,343 yards with 16 total touchdowns. He was an integral piece of a dominant Crimson Tide offense that made it to the national championship game but fell to the Georgia Bulldogs back in February.
Scott Thompson is a sports writer for Fox News Digital.