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Commanders’ Brian Robinson Jr. ‘able to get rid of a gun’ during robbery

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Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. “succeeded in snatching a gun” from one of two male assailants who tried to rob him on Sunday before the other shot him twice, DC police announced Monday.

The pair approached Robinson after leaving a shop window in the 1000 block of H Street NE shortly before 6pm. Robinson was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. On Monday, he wrote on Instagram that he had undergone surgery which “went well”.

Coach Ron Rivera said Monday that Robinson is “doing well” and “it will be a matter of time before he gets back here.” He declined to give a timeline for Robinson’s recovery or specify the extent of his injuries, but Rivera noted that Robinson and his doctors were “very positive.”

Authorities have not identified the suspects, who DC Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said are likely between the ages of 15 and 17. Police described the attackers as having shoulder-length dreadlocks and said one of them was wearing a black or brown shirt with yellow smileys on it. A gun was recovered about a block south of the shooting.

Prince George’s County police say the vehicle used by the two men to flee the scene was recovered Sunday evening in the 1500 block of Jutewood Avenue, about four miles from FedEx Field. The car was reported stolen in Prince George’s County on Friday afternoon.

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According to the incident report from Sunday’s shooting, Robinson told police he was shot in the leg. Commanders released a statement on Sunday evening confirming Robinson was stable and saying his family and a contingent of team leaders had joined him in hospital. Rivera was among those who visited, along with team owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder, team president Jason Wright, general manager Martin Mayhew, running backs coach Randy Jordan, chief medical officer Anthony Casolaro and Director of Mental Wellness and Clinical Services Barbara Roberts.

“I received several phone calls as head coach, unfortunately, but this one was one of the toughest,” Rivera said. “…He really is more than just a football player. He really is one hell of a young man. »

The coach said he was watching a film of Robinson when he got the call about the shooting. He immediately told Jordan and the two drove to the hospital together.

Before practice Monday morning, Rivera gathered his players for a team meeting to talk about Robinson and the incident. He asked the players to “do their best” in training that morning, and he came away satisfied with their efforts.

“You never want to see something like that happen,” defensive tackle Jonathan Allen said. “By the grace of God, he is fine. Not life threatening [injuries], and he will be fine. This is the most important thing right now. »

Allen said he heard the news through his brother, then took to social media to see headlines and additional information about the shooting. Wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who has been something of a mentor to Robinson over the past few months, said he also saw the news on social media and his immediate thought was whether Robinson was okay.

“Once we found out it wasn’t life-threatening injuries, I just started praying for him and his recovery, not just physically but mentally,” McLaurin said. “You can’t really predict it, so it seems like situations like this or some of the things that we’ve been through as a team over the last two years have come out of nowhere. It’s hard to predict what things that happen. But when it does, we try to unite. We try to reach out to the people involved. I’m a big believer in prayer. So I will continue to pray for those people in those situations.

Quarterback Carson Wentz heard the news in a group text with his offensive linemen, then reached out to Rivera for more information.

“It caught us all off guard yesterday on a day off [from team activities]”, Wentz said. “…It’s a wake-up call for everyone. There are real problems in this world, but thankfully Brian is fine, I’m told, and I look forward to him. see.

Rivera said speaking with other members of the commanders’ staff, he could “feel the anger rising” about Robinson’s situation and gun violence in the United States. Sporting a ‘Wear Orange’ t-shirt in support of the gun violence prevention movement, he called for more discussion of gun safety and said it could not be a partisan issue.

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“What we’ve seen in this case and others is just wanton use of a gun that hurts someone,” DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) said Monday. .

The main focus for Commanders now is the health of their running back, who they picked in the third round of this year’s draft after playing in Alabama. Robinson finished his college career ranked 10th in Crimson Tide history in rushing touchdowns (29) and 11th in rushing yards (2,704). He impressed in the offseason with Washington and was well on his way to earning a big role in his offense.

Rivera said COs expect to receive an update on Robinson’s health and from there they will discuss the best way forward for the player and the team. Washington may put him on the non-football injury list, which would force him to miss at least the first four games of the season, but allow him to play later in his rookie year, if his health so warrants. allow.

“Life is tough. It really is,” McLaurin said. “In our position, where … we play a breeze but get paid big bucks [and have] lots of eyes and attention on us, people sometimes forget that we’re still human and things affect us on and off the pitch.

He added: “We go through a lot of adversity, and as a leader I try to put myself in a position to make myself available to help in any way I can.”

Lauren Lumpkin and Katie Mettler contributed to this report.

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