Just days before the final cut-downs to the 53-man rosters for the 2022 NFL season, Alabama and Hillcrest High School alumnus Brian Robinson, Jr. was shot twice in the leg during an attempted carjacking in northeast Washington, DC. Fortunately, Robinson was still placed on the Washington Commanders initial 53-man roster (before being relegated to the non-football injury list), and recovered expeditiously.

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Two months ago, two teenagers, a 15-year-old and a 17-year-old, were arrested in Washington in connection with the shooting and charged. The 15-year-old was also connected to the fatal shooting of another teenager in Washington, plead guilty, and received a maximum sentence of six years in prison, all of which will be served in a juvenile detention center.

However, the 17-year-old, has skipped out on his sentencing hearing.

As of the publication of this article, authorities in the nation's capitol are still searching for the youth.

Robinson made a full recovery from the assault and ended up having a very productive season. His bruising style of running fits Ron Rivera's style of football beautifully and his ability to push the pile snap after snap helped the Commanders hand Jalen Hurts' his only loss as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback this season.

Robinson finished his rookie campaign with 797 yards and two touchdowns on 205 carries. His longest run was for 24 yards. Commanders fans greatest praise of Robinson was likely for only fumbling the ball twice in the season. Washington has grown quite accustomed to running backs coughing the ball up with regularity in recent years.

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