RB Commanders rookie Brian Robinson Jr. suffers non-life-threatening injuries after being shot


Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. was shot during an attempted robbery or carjacking, the NFL team said Sunday night.

The 23-year-old former Alabama player was taken to a hospital in Washington, DC with what the team said were non-life-threatening injuries. The team said in a statement that staff members were with Robinson at the hospital.

DC police reported a shooting in the northeast part of the city and said they were looking for two possible suspects.

Robinson, a third-round draft pick, was scheduled to start for the Commanders this season. He had been particularly impressive during training camp and pre-season games, likely winning the job over incumbent Antonio Gibson.

« Brian has been terrific, » offensive coordinator Scott Turner said recently. « He’s a really serious guy. Football is extremely important to him. He takes great pride in being a physical runner. »

Robinson traveled with the team to its preseason finale in Baltimore on Saturday night but did not dress.

The 6-foot-1, 228-pound fullback had 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns last season at Alabama. Commanders selected him with the 98th pick in the draft.

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