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Brian Robinson makes 53-man roster, timeline for recovery TBD

Commanders running back was victim of an attempted robbery, but was fortunate to sustain no life or football threatening injuries.

Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson runs with the ball as Carolina Panthers cornerback Chris Westry defends during the second quarter at FedExField.  Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Update: We’re still getting good news about the Commanders running back, as he has made the initial 53-man roster, meaning he hasn’t been placed on the reserve list and he didn’t sustain any longterm injuries from being shot. His return is still unknown as he recovers from his wounds.

Update: The news remains positive for Commanders’ running back Brian Robinson. According to head coach Ron Rivera, Robinson is “in a really good place,” and could be released from the hospital today. There is no timetable for his return to the team, but this news makes it seem like he might be able to return sooner than later.

Washington Commanders RB Brian Robinson is in stable condition after being the victim of a shooting during an attempted robbery, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported on Sunday evening.

Per JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington and ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Robinson was involved in an attempted carjacking and was shot multiple times. The wounds are not considered life threatening.

Robinson was selected in the third round of the 2022 NFL Draft out of Alabama. Robinson did not play in the Commanders’ preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday. He led Washington’s backfield with 31 yards on eight carries in the Week 2 preseason loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Robinson enters his rookie season as the third-string running back behind Antonio Gibson and JD McKissic on the roster. McKissic is dealing with an injury during preseason and the Commanders continue to not like Gibson for whatever reason. There’s a chance Robinson could be involved early on. We don’t know how long these injuries will keep him out of action. The Commanders open the regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In terms of fantasy football, Robinson is being selected in the top-45 among running backs at RB44 on average. He’s a decent target in keeper/dynasty formats. Robinson ran for over 1,300 yards and 14 TDs for the Crimson Tide in 2021.