At 4 p.m. eastern time Tuesday, NFL teams were required to submit their final 53-man active rosters.

The Washington Commanders got an early jump on doing so and have included Alabama alum Brian Robinson, Jr. on it rather than placing him on the physically unable to perform, injured reserve, or non-football injury lists.

A placement on any of those lists would have allowed them to retain Robinson as part of the organization without him taking up an active roster spot while he recovers from the gunshot wound he suffered on Sunday in Washington, DC when he was the victim of an attempted carjacking.

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According to NFL Network's Mike Garrafolo, Robinson was shot in the knee. He was very lucky and the bullet missed all major components of the joint, including all bones and ligaments.

The Commanders waited until after Robinson met with team doctor's Tuesday morning to release their 53-man roster. This, coupled with him not being placed on any of the NFL's injury designation lists, means the team is keeping the door open to him returning in the next four weeks or less, the minimum amount of time required to be missed by a player on any of those lists.

Before the shooting occurred, Robinson was gaining momentum to be Washington's starting back heading into week one. Now, Antonio Gibson, J.D. McKissic, and Jonathan Williams will share the workload until he is able to return.

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