Commanders RB Brian Robinson Jr wrestled with suspects in shooting – The Washington Post

Commanders RB Brian Robinson Jr wrestled with suspects in shooting - The Washington Post

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Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. “was able to wrestle a gun away” from one of the two men who tried to rob him Sunday before the other suspect shot him twice, DC police said Monday morning.

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

Authorities have not identified the suspects, who DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said are likely between 15 and 17 years old. Police described the attackers as having shoulder length dreadlocks with one wearing a black or brown shirt with yellow smiley faces on it. One gun was recovered about a block south of the shooting, and police recovered the vehicle the two men used to flee the scene, which they believe was stolen in Prince George’s County on Friday.

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

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

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

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

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

“I got several phone calls as a head coach, unfortunately, but this was one of the more difficult ones,” Rivera added. “… He’s really more than just a football player. He’s a really young man.”

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

Rivera said that, speaking with others on the Commanders’ staff, he could “feel the anger rising” about Robinson’s situation and about gun violence in the United States.

Before practice Monday morning, Rivera gathered his players for a team meeting to talk about Robinson and the incident. Rivera asked players to “do the best they could” in practice that morning, and he came away pleased with their effort.

“You never want to see something like that happen,” defensive tackle Jonathan Allen said. “By the grace of God, he is okay. Inanimate threatening [injuries], and he will be all right. That is the most important thing now.”

Wearing a “Wear Orange” T-shirt to support the gun violence prevention movement, Rivera encouraged more discussion about gun safety and said it can’t be a “partisan issue.”

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

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

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

This story is evolving and will be updated.

Lauren Lumpkin contributed to this report.

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