Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera says RB Brian Robinson could play this year after being shot


ASHBURN, Virginia — The Washington Commanders have not ruled out Brian Robinson’s return this season after the rookie was shot twice in the lower body on Sunday.

Robinson remained in hospital on Monday, but there is a chance he will be discharged in the afternoon. Robinson posted a story on his Instagram page stating that the surgery went well.

Defensive tackle Jonathan Allen said he had heard Robinson would be fired on Monday. A team official told ESPN that layoffs are possible on Monday.

Washington coach Ron Rivera said the team will determine whether Robinson will be placed on the non-football injury list after speaking with doctors later Monday. Robinson would miss at least four games if the team made that move.

Rivera was among a contingent of team officials, including co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder, as well as a few players, who visited Robinson on Sunday night. Robinson’s aunt and uncle, an Air Force colonel stationed in the area, were also hospitalized.

“The doctors were very positive about him and he was very positive as well,” Rivera said. “He is very lucky. He is doing well. It will be a matter of time before he is back here. There is no timeline, but everything was very positive.”

“It’s just about the healing process, and once he’s well enough to go on the field, doctors have to clear him and we’ll move on from there. So far everything is positive.”

Robinson was shot in an armed robbery attempt. Robinson had gone to the District of Columbia to get something to eat. The incident happened shortly before 6 p.m. ET in 1000 block of H Street Northeast.

When police arrived, they found Robinson, who suffered “a few gunshot wounds to his lower extremities,” said Dustin Sternbeck, communications director for the Metro Police Department in Washington. Robinson was treated at the scene by paramedics and immediately transported to a local hospital. One bullet hit his buttock and another hit him in the lower leg.

Sternbeck said police have identified two potential suspects and recovered a firearm a short distance from where the shooting took place. According to the police report, the incident was described as aggravated assault.

According to the report, Robinson struggled with a gun from one attacker but was shot by the other, who also used a gun; Both suspects are believed to be teenagers, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Rivera met with players before heading out for training early Monday morning.

“I’ve let them know it’s a gloomy day and we expected it to be a rough day, so hang in there,” Rivera said. “They gathered and practiced pretty well. They were able to concentrate. I know their hearts are heavy right now because a lot of them are thinking about Brian. But we’re very lucky, he’s very lucky that a lot of it news is positive.”

Rivera said he and running back coach Randy Jordan were watching a Robinson movie when he got a call Sunday night. Robinson soon called him to let him know that it would be okay. Robinson, a third-round draft pick in April, had come forward this summer because Washington is likely to back off on early downs. Coaches liked how fast he ran between tackles.

But they also liked his personality and how he approached his work.

“I got several calls as a head coach, but this was one of the more difficult ones,” said Rivera. “First of all, because he’s a great young man. It blinded me a bit.’

Quarterback Carson Wentz said the news shocked the players.

“It’s definitely sobering,” Wentz said. “This is real life. It could have been much worse. It takes you away from football very quickly. These are real problems and we are not immune to them.”

“When you have moments like that that have nothing to do with football, you get a sense of reality and you understand a much bigger picture and that there are more important things in life.”

This isn’t the first time Washington has faced off-pitch tragedies in the past year. Defensive end Montez Sweat’s brother was shot dead in December. Sweat’s mother died earlier last year. Former safety officer Deshazor Everett crashed his car after hitting 90mph on a rural Virginia road two days before Christmas, killing his longtime girlfriend.

That’s in addition to several other off-field incidents, including Dan Snyder being investigated by Congress and the loss of the team’s trainer after the Drug Enforcement Agency raided his office last October.

“Things have happened on and off the field for this team in recent years,” said Commander-Recipient Terry McLaurin. “We’ve learned to take our time and appreciate what’s going on and you can’t just fly over and pass by. We’re humans and it affects our mentality. It shakes you all day when things like [Robinson’s situation] happen, but we also understand that we still have to do our job and come out, practice hard and prepare.”

McLaurin said Robinson has an infectious personality in practice — not because he always talks, but because of his actions and how hard he practices. He said Robinson often sits next to him in offensive meetings; after getting more work with the starters, he said, Robinson was “still hungry to earn that spot. If he keeps that mindset, he’ll be successful.”

Wentz said Robinson is “great fun to be around. He has a lot of energy, great guy. He came out of his shell a bit. Looking forward to seeing him here again hopefully soon and big smile on his face; I’m sure it will come back soon.”

During his press conference, Rivera wore an orange shirt with the inscription “Wear Orange,” signifying his support for gun security measures.

“It’s about education,” Rivera said. “If you’re going to own a gun, it’s about knowing how to properly secure it so it doesn’t get stolen or the wrong people don’t use it and do this.

“This remains a nationwide epidemic, gun violence. We need to get to a point where we talk about gun safety. We can’t make this a partisan issue. It’s something we need to work on to come together and be able to resolve. “

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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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