Post-game update: Robinson had symptoms of what at least sounds like a migraine come on last night and he still felt bad in pregame. The Falcons managed to win a close game over the Buccaneers, but Robinson would have been a big help. He plans on playing next week against the Titans.
VIDEO: We heard that Bijan Robinson wasn't feeling well.— Miles Garrett (@MilesGarrettTV) October 22, 2023
He told us postgame he was dealing with a bad headache. Arthur Smith didn't want to test it. Said he was feeling it last night as well. pic.twitter.com/qKLaETxo4c
Final game update: Bijan Robinson had just one carry for three yards in the team’s 16-13 victory over the Bucs on Sunday. He registered his lone carry on the team’s final drive, setting up Younghoe Koo’s game-winning field goal as time exprired.
Update: Apparently Bijan Robinson isn’t feeling great today and that’s why he’s not playing that much.
Arthur Smith via the broadcast: Bijan Robinson "just not feeling all that great."— Tori McElhaney (@tori_mcelhaney) October 22, 2023
Don't expect him to play much more.
Halftime update: Bijan Robinson had zero carries and zero targets in the first half of today’s game against the Bucs. He logged a handful of snaps towards the end of the half, but was either lined up as a receiver or used as a blocker.
Still perplexing usage of the top 10 running back and we’ll see if that changes in the second half.
The second quarter of the Atlanta Falcons’ Week 7 battle against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers is about to begin and running back Bijan Robinson has been notably absent from the action so far. The rookie tailback has logged a single carry or catch as of this writing and that has left many wondering where he is.
Bijan Robinson in the 1st quarter:— Underdog NFL (@Underdog__NFL) October 22, 2023
He didn't enter the game until the 2:18 mark.
With 11:51 to play in the 2nd quarter, Bijan Robinson has zero touches on 2 snaps (11%).— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) October 22, 2023
It's unclear why Bijan Robinson has not received much work -- yet to have a carry or target -- although I asked a bunch about his usage this week and Arthur Smith said they have "to be careful."— Michael Rothstein (@mikerothstein) October 22, 2023
So is what maybe careful looks like. Three snaps, by my count, so far. 11:51 2Q
Robinson was not listed on the injury report this week and there were no pregame indicators that he wouldn’t be able to play. So far, Tyler Allgeier and Cordarrelle Patterson have gotten the touches out of the backfield with quarterback Desmond Ridder punching in a two-yard touchdown run. It’s baffling to see the dynamic rookie not being used and perhaps it’s a matter of head coach Arthur Smith wanting to use different personnel and matchups when going up against a tough Bucs front seven. It’s still a head scratcher to see a player of B-Rob’s caliber not being used.
We’ll update as the game goes on.