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29th Aug 2022

NFL star shot multiple times during an attempted robbery

Jack Peat

Brian Robinson Jr suffered gunshot wounds to his “lower extremities”

An NFL star is recovering in hospital after being shot multiple times during an attempted robbery on Sunday.

Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson Jr took bullets to the “lower extremities” after an intruder tried to commandeer his car.

According to Washington DC police, the shooting was reported in the city’s northeast at around 6pm on Sunday.

The police are on the lookout for two possible suspects.

Robinson, 23, has been taken to hospital with non-threatening injuries, according to a statement by the NFL team.

The team management met the player in hospital and said Robinson was in “good spirits”.

The team’s co-owners Dan and Tanya Snyder, president Jason Wright, coach Ron Rivera, team physician Dr Anthony Casolaro and clinical psychologist Dr Barbara Roberts were with Robinson at the hospital.

In a statement on Twitter, Mr Rivera said: “I just got done visiting w/Brian. He is in good spirits and wanted me to thank everyone for their kind words, prayers & support. He wants his teammates to know he appreciates them all for reaching out and he loves them all & will be back soon doing what he does best.”

Robinson has been impressive during training camp and preseason games. He was expected to start for the Commanders this season.

The 6ft,1, 228-pound back rushed for 1,343 yards and 14 touchdowns last season at Alabama. The Commanders selected him with the 98th pick in the draft.

“Brian’s been great,” offensive coordinator Scott Turner said recently. “He’s a real serious guy. Football is extremely important to him. He takes a lot of pride in being a physical runner.”

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