Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson was shot multiple times in an attempted armed robbery or carjacking, the team said in a statement Sunday night:
The injuries are non-life-threatening. Mike Garafolo of NFL Network previously reported that Robinson was in stable condition.
Head coach Ron Rivera provided an update after visiting the player:
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I just got done visiting w/Brian. 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.
Commanders owners Dan and Tanya Snyder, president Jason Wright, general manager Martin Mayhew, chief medical officer Tony Casolaro and director of mental wellness Barbara Roberts were also with Robinson in the hospital, per Ben Standig of The Athletic.
Tom Pelissero of NFL Network provided more details:
Robinson is heading into his first NFL season after being selected in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft. He spent his college career at Alabama, leading the team with 1,343 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns last season.
Even as the sixth running back taken in the draft, Robinson has been one of the breakout stars in the preseason. Head coach Ron Rivera had high praise for the rookie when discussing him with reporters in training camp:
"I think he's a big, strong, powerful, downhill runner, more so than anything else. He does have a little bit of shake to him, but I think if you look at it, Antonio is a little more of an elusive guy, more off the edge where with Brian, we can take it inside or we can take it off the edge just overall."
It helped him get playing time in the preseason and he took advantage right away, tallying 26 yards and a touchdown on six carries in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers. He added 31 yards on eight carries in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
He was held out of Saturday's game against the Baltimore Ravens with his role in the offense seemingly secure.
Robinson's health now becomes the main focus after the latest news.