Commanders RB Brian Robinson Jr. struggled with suspects in shooting

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Washington commanders that Brian Robinson Jr. were chasing, “were able to wrestle a firearm away” from one of the two men who tried to rob him on Sunday before the other suspect shot him twice, D.C. police said Monday morning.

The men, who were both armed, approached Robinson after he left a shop in the 1000 block of H Street NE shortly before 6pm. Robinson was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for treatment for injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Authorities have not identified the suspects, who are believed to be between the ages of 15 and 17, according to DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III. Police described the attackers as shoulder-length dreadlocks, one of which was wearing a black or brown shirt with yellow smiley faces on it. A firearm was recovered about a block south of the shooting and police obtained the vehicle used by the two men to flee the crime scene, which they believe was stolen Friday in Prince George’s County.

According to the incident report, Robinson’s keys were stolen and he told police he had been shot in the leg.

Brian Robinson Jr. of the commander, shot twice in DC, is in stable condition

Robinson posted a photo on Instagram on Monday with a message confirming that the surgery “went well” and saying he appreciates everyone’s prayers.

The commanders released a statement Sunday evening confirming that Robinson was stable and that his family and a contingent of team officials had joined him at the hospital. Coach Ron Rivera attended, along with team owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder, team president Jason Wright, general manager Martin Mayhew, running backs coach Randy Jordan, medical director Anthony Casolaro and director of mental wellness and clinical services Barbara Roberts.

Rivera said on Monday that Robinson is “doing well” and “it will be a matter of time before he is back here.” He declined to provide a timeline or more details about the extent of Robinson’s injuries or his recovery, but noted that both Robinson and his doctors were “very positive.”

“Unfortunately, I’ve gotten several calls as a head coach, but this one was one of the more difficult ones,” Rivera added. “… He is really more than just a footballer. He really is a great young man.”

The coach said he was watching a Robinson movie when he got the call about the shooting. He immediately told Jordan, Washington’s running backs coach, and the two drove to the hospital together.

Rivera said when he spoke to others on the commander’s staff, he could “feel the anger swell” over Robinson’s plight and gun violence in the United States.

Before practice Monday morning, Rivera brought his players together for a team meeting to talk about Robinson and the incident. Rivera asked players to ‘do their best’ in practice that morning, and he came away satisfied with their effort.

“You never want to see something like that happen,” said defensive tackle Jonathan Allen. “By the grace of God, he’s fine. Not life-threatening [injuries], and he will be fine. That’s the most important thing now.”

Rivera wore a “Wear Orange” T-shirt in support of the gun violence prevention movement, urged more discussion about gun safety and said it cannot be a “partisan issue”.

Brian Robinson Jr. was patient in Alabama. Next: the commander’s backfield.

“What we’ve seen in this case and others is just a willful use of a firearm that hurts someone,” Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said Monday.

The Commanders chose Robinson, 23, in the third round of this year’s draft from Alabama. He finished his college career with 29 rushing touchdowns (10th in Crimson Tide history) and 2,704 rushing yards (11th). After impressing with the Commanders throughout the offseason, he is expected to play a key role in the team’s attack alongside fellow backs Antonio Gibson and JD McKissic.

The team is expected to get more details about Robinson’s health later Monday, and the coaching staff will decide how to proceed. There has been debate about placing Robinson on the non-football injury list.

This story is under development and will be updated.

Lauren Lumpkin contributed to this report.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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