OXON HILL, Md. — The Washington Commanders removed any pressure on rookie running back Brian Robinson to return early by placing him on the reserves/non-football injury list Thursday.
Robinson will miss at least four games. If he recovers after that time, he can play in week 5. If not – and if doctors think he’ll need a few more weeks – then commanders could still place him on injured reserve.
Washington coach Ron Rivera said that after discussions with doctors, the team decided to put him on the NFI list to “make sure it’s about not just recovering physically but recovering mentally.”
“Knowing who he is and what kind of young man he is and wanting to come back as soon as possible,” Rivera said, “the doctors thought it was a good decision.”
Robinson was shot twice in Washington DC Sunday night in what the police report described as aggravated assault. He underwent surgery Monday and Rivera said Robinson suffered no structural damage. He attended the commanders’ practice facility on Tuesday, using crutches and having his right knee wrapped.
Robinson, a third-round pick in April, had emerged as Washington’s key running back on early downs due to his consistency and power between tackles. Commanders still have veterans Antonio Gibson, who rushed for 1,037 yards last season, and JD McKissic, their third-last defender, who has 123 catches in 27 games with Washington over the past two years. Gibson can also help with the passing game.
The commanders also have versatile receiver Curtis Samuel, who can occasionally appear as a running back in certain packages. Washington also retained Jonathan Williams as the third running back in the 53-man roster. At the Welcome Home Luncheon in Washington, co-owner Tanya Snyder told the audience it was a “senseless attack.”
“We were blessed to see him back at our facility just days after the incident,” Snyder said, “a testament to his courage, resilience and what he means to his teammates.”
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34501803/washington-commanders-brian-robinson-nfi-list-try-rush-back-coach-ron-rivera-says Washington Commanders Brian Robinson on NFI list so he won’t try to rush back, coach Ron Rivera says