LANDOVER, Md. - Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. made his NFL debut on Sunday, six weeks to the day after he was shot multiple times during an attempted carjacking.
Robinson Jr. is back on the Commanders' active roster after he suffering non-life-threathening injuries in the Aug. 28 shooting. One of the bullets struck his knee but passed through without causing any significant damage.
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 09: Brian Robinson #8 of the Washington Commanders runs onto the field before his game against the Tennessee Titans at FedExField on October 09, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Prior to the shooting, Robinson earned the starting running back job.
Prior to Sunday's game, Robinson got a huge ovation from fans as he was the last player to be introduced. He finished the day with 22 rushing yards on nine carries and was the team’s leading rusher.
The Commanders tweeted a video and picture of Robinson warming up ahead of the game Sunday.
Brian Robinson #8 of the Washington Commanders runs onto the field before his game against the Tennessee Titans at FedExField on October 09, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Gibson has been the team's leading running back over the past two seasons.
Robinson recently returned to the practice field and said he was happy to be around everyone again.
"It was beautiful. Just getting back on the field, having fun, being around my coaches and team again. Just a beautiful day," Robinson told reporters after practice on Wednesday.
Robinson's head coach, Ron Rivera, also gave an update on Robison's progress following this week's practice.
"He is progressing very well," Rivera said. "Each week, he gets to see the doctors and the trainers. They felt now is a good time to see how he does outside."
Robison was entering a restaurant in the Washington, D.C., area when he was shot. He underwent surgery on his right leg, but doctors said Robinson did not suffer any structural damage.
Shortly after the surgery, Robinson took to social media and wrote, "Surgery went well! Thanks for the prayers! God is great!" He was released the next day.
No arrests have been made in the shooting.
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - OCTOBER 09: Brian Robinson #8 of the Washington Commanders runs the ball during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at FedExField on October 09, 2022 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Robinson Jr. played college football at Alabama. He won two national championships during his time with the Crimson Tide. The Commanders drafted him in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft.
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