Five weeks ago, Brian Robinson’s NFL career seemed in jeopardy. On Wednesday, the Washington Commanders’ rookie running back returned to the practice field.
It’s a beautiful development for a freshman who returned to practice just 38 days after being shot twice in the leg during an attempted robbery.
The team’s official website reported that Robinson did not appear to have any trouble running routes or participating in team drills.
Commanders head coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday that the team plans to let Robinson develop slowly rather than playing just because he looks healthy. However, he could make his NFL debut in Week 5.
“We’ll see how it goes,” Rivera said. As said, the plan is not to activate him, but to start his watch on Wednesday and see how he does. It is very likely that we will be able to play
Robinson called Wednesday practice a “beautiful day.”
Washington selected Robinson from Alabama with the 98th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. He served as the lead for the Crimson Tide in 2021 with 1,343 total rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns at 5.0 yards per carry. He also achieved a total of 296 his receiving yards and his two receiving his touchdowns, and was part of two national titles for his team (2017 and his 2020).
When Robinson activates, he joins a running back room that includes Antonio Gibson, JD McKissick and Jonathan Williams. The Commanders are averaging 100.5 rushing yards per game this season, putting him 21st in the NFL.
Washington (1-3) will host the Tennessee Titans (2-2) on Sunday.
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