The former Alabama star was introduced last at the home game against the Tennessee Titans, running out of the tunnel to 50 Cent‘s “Many Men” amid thunderous applause. He later briefly got into the game, which the Commanders lost by a 21-17 score. It capped a remarkable comeback for the 6-foot, 1-inch, 230-pound running back.
“Right now it’s just one day at a time, continue to make positive strides and hopefully soon,” Robinson, who was shot August 28 in Washington, D.C., said earlier in the week.
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Robinson was cleared medically after healing from the two gunshot wounds, one of which hit him in the buttocks and the other which struck his right knee but missed bones and ligaments. Although he was not in the starting lineup, Robinson led the team with 22 rushing yards on nine carries.
Robinson, who starred at University of Alabama before being selected by the Commanders in the third round of this year’s NFL draft, was the apparent victim of a car-jacking attempt in August.
“We have been made aware that Brian Robinson Jr. was the victim of an attempted armed robbery or carjacking in Washington D.C.,” the team said in a statement at the time.
Metro Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said the incident happened on August 26 shortly before 6 p.m. ET in the 1000 block of H Street, NE, in the district. The location is in the Carver Langston neighborhood, just northeast of Capitol Hill. Police responded to a report of shots fired and found Robinson suffering from “a couple gunshot wounds to his lower extremities,” Sternbeck said.
Police identified two potential suspects and recovered a gun near the crime scene.
Robinson had stood out in training camp this season and appeared poised to be the team’s starting running back.
Robinson emerged as a starter as a fifth-year senior at Alabama last year, rushing for 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns as the Crimson Tide made it to the college football championship game, losing 33-18 to Georgia.