Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. is in stable condition after being shot during a possible attempted carjacking in Washington, according to a DC police spokesman.
The spokesman, Dustin Sternbeck, confirmed Robinson is the victim and added that the shooting occurred shortly before 6 pm Sunday in the 1000 block of H Street NE. Robinson was shot twice and taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries believed not to be life-threatening.
Police said they were looking for two juveniles with shoulder-length dreadlocks. One was wearing a black or brown shirt with yellow smiley faces on it. No further details were immediately available.
Robinson, 23, was drafted by the Commanders in the third round this year out of Alabama. He finished his college career tied for 10th in Crimson Tide history with 29 rushing touchdowns and 11th with 2,704 rushing yards.
He impressed throughout the offseason with the Commanders, so much so that he had been expected to take on a large role in the offense when the regular season begins Sept. 11.
The rookie traveled with the Commanders to their final preseason game in Baltimore on Saturday but did not play, along with the team’s starters. During his limited playing time in the first two preseason games, Robinson totaled 14 carries for 57 yards and one touchdown, plus two catches for 15 years.
“Brian’s been great,” offensive coordinator Scott Turner said during the preseason. “He’s a real serious guy. Football is extremely important to him. He takes a lot of pride in being a physical runner. … I think he’ll continue to get better, too, as the reps increase.”
This is a developing story and will be updated.