Brian Robinson Jr. scores first NFL touchdown 46 days after being fired – CNN

Brian Robinson Jr.  scores first NFL touchdown 46 days after being fired - CNN



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Just 46 days after being shot, Brian Robinson Jr. scored his first NFL touchdown as he helped the Washington Commanders defeat the Chicago Bears 12-7.

The rookie running back ran in a one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to score what was to be the decisive score as the Commanders snapped a four-game losing streak.

In August, Robinson Jr. suffered two gunshot wounds to his lower extremities and was taken to a local hospital in what police said at the time may have been an attempted robbery or carjacking.

After a remarkable comeback story, the 23-year-old made his debut in the Commanders’ 21-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans last week.

But on Thursday night against the Bruins, Robinson Jr. started for Washington, finishing with 60 yards rushing on 17 attempts and the all-important score to help his team to a vital victory.

Robinson celebrates his touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears.

After the victory, Robinson Jr. paid tribute to his teammates, the coaching staff and his family for giving him the motivation to keep working towards a comeback.

“It was difficult. I just had to keep my head up and focus on what I really want in my life,” he said.

“I want to be a football player, I wanted to get back on the football field, so I did everything I needed to do in my power, strong, mentally to get back on the field.

“And I’m so thankful for this coaching staff and everybody (in the locker room) for just helping me, pushing me every day, giving me the extra motivation on the days when I didn’t have it, just keeping me determined to get. here with my team.

He added: “I want to say thank you to my mum, I love you. Without you I wouldn’t be here today.”

The 98th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft was back in the command facility just two days after the shooting as he began his recovery in earnest.

And it paid off as he was thrust into the starting quarterback role for the team by head coach Ron Rivera, his intrigue the main takeaway from what was another uninspiring Thursday Night Football game.

Robinson Jr.  runs with the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Bears.

A week after the Indianapolis Colts’ 12-9 overtime win against the Denver Broncos, it was a slow affair again between the Chiefs and the Bears when both defenses were on top.

The Commanders defensive sacked Bears quarterback Justin Fields five times — hitting him 12 times overall — while Washington quarterback Carson Wentz was sacked three times.

The Bears’ attempted comeback fell short at the one-yard line when Darnell Mooney’s catch was ruled just short of a touchdown on fourth-and-goal.

Fields threw for a touchdown as well as an interception, also rushing for 88 yards, although he said at the end of the game that he re-aggravated an injury to his left shoulder during the loss, adding he “hurt pretty good.”

The defeat improves the record of the commanders to 2-4, while the Bears slip to the same record.

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