As a running back for the Washington Commanders, Brian Robinson Jr. has scored the game-winning touchdown and is expected to make a speedy recovery. The rookie scored his first touchdown 46 days after sustaining several gunshot wounds to the leg, in the fourth quarter of his second professional game and first career starts against the Chicago Bears on “Thursday Night Football.”
The touchdown was the difference in the end, as the Commanders went on to win 12-7. On August 28 in Washington, D.C., Robinson was shot twice during an attempted carjacking and taken to the hospital. His return has been gradual; he started doing drills on September 14, returned to practice on October 8, and made his debut the following day.
Though, pretending to be something else is a whole different ballgame. Another option is to score. In his first game, Robinson gained 22 yards on nine carries and scored his first NFL touchdown in the eighth period.
Robinson had a strong senior year at Alabama, where he was named to the All-SEC first team for the first time in his career. The Commanders took notice, and the team selected him 98th overall in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft. Now he’ll launch his assault on the nation’s capital, with just the fortifications standing in his way.
Brian Robinson was introduced to “Many Men” after returning from being shot twice in the leg 6 weeks ago pic.twitter.com/G8XiroCrST
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The game-winning field goal was made possible by the fumble of a punt by Chicago rookie Velus Jones Jr. When Washington’s offense had nothing going for it, the night’s miscue was a lifesaver.
The Commanders took over at their own 40 and won on a quarterback sneak to improve to 2-5. Though the game was grueling, Robinson’s touchdown at least added another exciting element to the unfolding saga.
In the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the Washington Commanders picked Robinson (98th overall). On May 18th, 2022, he became a rookie and signed a four-year contract.
Leaving a restaurant in the Near Northeast area of Washington, D.C. just before 6 p.m. EDT on August 28, 2022, Robinson was wounded in the knee and glute during an attempted carjacking by two armed individuals. He was released from MedStar Washington Hospital Center the day after being evaluated there because of the lack of any serious physical injury.
Robinson missed the first four games of the season after being placed on the NFIR due to an ailment that had nothing to do with football. He returned to the active roster on October 8, 2022.