Commanders’ Brian Robinson wrestled a firearm away during shooting – USA TODAY

Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. is “doing well” as he recovers from two gunshot wounds sustained during an armed robbery in northeast Washington, coach Ron Rivera said Monday morning.

Rivera declined to provide specifics about the nature of Robinson’s injuries or a timeline for his recovery but said the rookie running back had received positive feedback from doctors. The coach was part of a team contingent that visited Robinson at a local hospital Sunday night.

“He was in a really good place. The doctors were very positive with him, and he was very positive as well,” Rivera said in a news conference. “So we’re very fortunate, he’s very fortunate. It’s a very unfortunate situation. But he’s doing well. It’s just going to be a matter of time before he’s back out here.”

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Robinson, 23, also posted Monday that he had undergone surgery. He did not specify the nature of the procedure but said it was successful.

“Thanks for the prayers!” he wrote on Instagram. “God is Great!”

A third-round draft pick out of Alabama, Robinson sustained two gunshot wounds, including at least one to one of his legs, during an armed robbery in northeast Washington a little before 5:30 p.m. Sunday, according to a preliminary incident report released Monday.

D.C. police are continuing to investigate but believe the two suspects were both armed and are likely between the ages of 15 and 17, according to police chief Robert Contee. He told local reporters that police believe they recovered the vehicle that the suspects used to flee the scene, adding that it had been reported as stolen earlier in the week.

Contee also said that Robinson “began to struggle with one of the suspects” in the course of the robbery and “was able to actually wrestle that firearm away from one of the suspects.” 

“He was shot twice by the second suspect,” Contee said, according to news radio station WTOP-FM.

The station reported that Robinson was at a seafood restaurant in the area prior to the robbery when the suspects attempted to steal his car, a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The incident report notes that the two suspects fled with his keys and one firearm was recovered at the scene.

Rivera said he learned of the incident while watching film with running backs coach Randy Jordan. “We were actually watching some Brian Robinson tape,” he said.

They later drove together to visit Robinson at the hospital alongside Commanders owners Daniel and Tanya Snyder, general manager Martin Mayhew, team president Jason Wright and several teammates and family members.

“I think we’ve really got to start getting to the point where we’re talking about gun safety,” Rivera said. “We can’t make this a partisan issue. This has to be something that everybody has to work on together in our communities throughout the United States. It just shows you it can happen anywhere, and to anybody.

“… People are dying unnecessarily. It’s crazy how we, as one of the most advanced societies in the world, continue to have this issue.”

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