RB commanders Brian Robinson Jr. struggled with suspects in shooting

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Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. ‘was able to snatch a gun’ from one of two men trying to rob him on Sunday before the other suspect shot him twice, the court said. DC police Monday morning.

The men, who were both armed, approached Robinson after leaving a storefront in the 1000 block of H Street NE shortly before 6 p.m. Robinson was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities have not identified the suspects, who DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said are likely between the ages of 15 and 17. Police described the assailants as having shoulder-length dreadlocks, with one wearing a black or brown shirt with yellow smileys on it. A 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 say was stolen Friday from the county of Prince George.

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

Commanders’ Brian Robinson Jr., shot twice in DC, is in stable condition

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

Commanders issued a statement on Sunday evening confirming that Robinson was stable and that his family and a contingent of team leaders had joined him in 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 backs coach Randy Jordan, the chief medical officer Anthony Casolaro and director of mental wellness and clinical services Barbara Roberts.

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

“I unfortunately received several phone calls as head coach, but this one was one of the most difficult,” added Rivera. “…He really is more than just a football player. He really is one hell of a young man. »

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

Rivera said speaking with other members of the commanders’ staff, he could “feel the anger rising” about Robinson’s situation and 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 the players to “do their best” in training that morning, and he came away satisfied with their efforts.

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

Sporting a “Wear Orange” t-shirt in support of the gun violence prevention movement, Rivera called for more discussion about gun safety and said it couldn’t be “a partisan issue.”

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

Commanders picked Robinson, 23, in the third round of this year’s draft in Alabama. He finished his college career with 29 rushing touchdowns (10th in Crimson Tide history) and 2,704 rushing yards (11th). After impressing throughout the offseason with the Commanders, he is expected to play a key role in the team’s offense alongside fellow guards 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 proceed. There has been talk of placing Robinson on the non-football injury list.

This story is growing and will be updated.

Lauren Lumpkin contributed to this report.

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