Commanders rookie Brian Robinson Jr. reportedly shot a number of instances throughout an tried theft

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A day after skipping the Commanders’ preseason finale in anticipation of a big part this regular season, rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr. was shot multiple times as a victim of an attempted robbery, according to NFL Media and NBC Sports Washington. Robinson, a third-round draft pick from Alabama this spring, is in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries after an apparent carjacking attempt, according to ESPN.

Robinson, 23, is now hospitalized after at least two bullets hit his lower body in the attempted robbery, according to Tom Pelissero. His immediate future on the field is unclear.

Robinson emerged as the obvious frontrunner for Washington’s top running back job this summer, despite incumbent Antonio Gibson having a 1,000-yard season under his belt. He hit a total of 16 touches in the Commanders’ first two preseason games and alternated with Gibson as the club’s first-team ball carrier throughout training camp. At the very least, he should open in 2022 as a regular complement to Gibson in both the running and passing game.

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A two-time national champion in Alabama, Robinson spent five seasons with the Crimson Tide before joining the NFL, notably eclipsing 1,400 rushing yards as a full-time starter in 2021.

In Robinson’s absence, veteran pass catcher JD McKissic will likely see an uptick in contacts alongside Gibson.

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