The Washington Commanders have designated Brian Robinson, Jr. to return to practice this week in preparation for the team to face off against the Tennessee Titans. The announcement comes just 37 days after the Tuscaloosa native was shot twice in the knee during an attempted car jacking in north east Washington, DC.

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Per league rules, the Commanders now have 21 days to activate Robinson. At the end of the 21 day period, he can either be activated or returned to the reserve/non-football injury list. Robinson can be activated at any point within the 21 day window.

The Commanders placed Robinson on the NFI list to ensure that he had ample time to make his recovery without having to worry about being back at practice or how many games he would miss. However, Robinson attacked his recovery with same ferocity he attacked defenses in the 2021 college football season.

18 days after the shooting and successful surgery, he was seen doing agility drills.

The next day, he was riding a stationary bike with Washington defensive star Chase Young on field off to the side of practice.

"He's doing everything that he can to get himself ready to play, and that's in terms of all the things that the trainers are getting him to do in terms of just working out and just getting his legs back underneath him," said running backs coach Randy Jordan on Friday.

Washington likely has big plans for Robinson. Prior to the shooting, many had speculated that he would be the Commanders' starting running back heading into week one based on his preseason and training camp performance.

His bruising style of running makes him a strong candidate to get carries in "and short" situations and the red zone, somewhere the Commanders have struggled mightily during their 1-3 start to 2022.


UPDATE: Robinson made his regular season practice debut today.


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