Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. said he tolerates “the little bit of pain that I have going on personally just to be out on the field.” And he’s not talking about a football injury.
On Aug. 28, the former Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa and Alabama standout was shot twice in a carjacking attempt.
“It’s me versus me every day when I wake up,” Robinson said, “and I’m feeling some type of way based off of the situation in the past, but I got to continue to work and get better and help my team win.”
On Sunday, Robinson did that in Washington’s 19-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
In his eighth NFL game, Robinson recorded his first 100-yard performance as he ran for 105 yards on 18 carries. He also caught two passes for 20 yards, including the first receiving touchdown of his career.
“Obviously, very excited to have my first 100-yard game,” Robinson said, “but also just continuing to take that stride every week, finding new ways to get better and get more comfortable week in and week out.”
Robinson scored Washington’s first points by bulling his way into the end zone after taking a short pass from quarterback Taylor Heinicke with 3:46 left in the first quarter. Before the 14-yard touchdown reception, Robinson had caught four passes for 7 yards in his NFL career.
“You catch the ball and you got all that space and it’s you versus a defensive back,” Robinson said, “you got to win at least 80, 90 percent of the time, so I pulled the trigger, and it worked out well.”
Robinson missed Washington’s first four games of the season. The Commanders lost three of those games, but have gone 5-2 since Robinson rejoined the active roster. In the six games started by Robinson, Washington has a 5-1 record.
“He’s running with more confidence and he’s starting to get a little bit better feel as to the cutbacks and running with his vision,” Commanders coach Ron Rivera said. “Again, he went through an awful, traumatic situation, and he’s really just kind of, I think, starting to show us what he’s capable of.”
Robinson was among the 37 former Alabama players who got on the field on the 12th Sunday of the NFL’s 103rd season.
Five other former Alabama players were involved in the Atlanta-Washington game:
· Jonathan Allen started at defensive tackle for the Commanders. Allen made five tackles and registered one quarterback hit.
· Rashaan Evans (Auburn High) started at inside linebacker for the Falcons. Evans tied his career high with a team-leading 13 tackles. Evans also had 13 tackles on Oct. 23 in a 35-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Evans has registered double-digit tackles in six of his past seven games.
· Commanders defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
· Daron Payne (Shades Valley) started at defensive tackle for the Commanders. Payne made six tackles, recorded two tackles for loss and broke up a pass. With Atlanta at the Washington 4-yard line, Payne batted a pass by Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota into the air, and Commanders cornerback Kendall Fuller caught the football in the end zone to preserve Washington’s six-point lead.
· Commanders wide receiver Cam Sims played but did not record any stats.
In the other Sunday games:
Carolina Panthers 23, Denver Broncos 10
· Broncos linebacker Christopher Allen is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
· Bradley Bozeman (Handley) started at center for the Panthers, who ran for 185 yards and did not give up a sack in the game.
· Panthers guard Deonte Brown (Austin) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· Kareem Jackson started at strong safety for the Broncos. Jackson made four tackles.
· Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was designated as a game-day inactive. An ankle injury sidelined Jeudy for the second game in a row.
· Patrick Surtain II started at left cornerback for the Broncos. Surtain made five tackles and broke up a pass.
Cleveland Browns 23, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 (OT)
· Amari Cooper started at wide receiver for the Browns. Cooper caught seven passes for 94 yards. Cooper had a 45-yard reception with 48 seconds left in overtime that put Cleveland on the Tampa Bay 3-yard line, and the Browns scored the game-ending touchdown two snaps later.
· Browns running back Jerome Ford had kickoff returns of 44 and 23 yards.
· Browns tight end Miller Forristall is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· Browns safety Ronnie Harrison made one tackle.
· Buccaneers wide receiver Julio Jones (Foley) caught three passes for 40 yards and had a 15-yard run.
· Jedrick Wills Jr. started at left offensive tackle for the Browns.
Jacksonville Jaguars 28, Baltimore Ravens 27
· Ravens cornerback Jalyn Armour-Davis (St. Paul’s Episcopal) is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
· Ravens running back Kenyan Drake had two carries for 2 yards.
· Marlon Humphrey (Hoover) started at cornerback for the Ravens. Humphrey had six tackles, recorded his second sack of the season and registered two tackles for loss.
· Jaguars wide receiver Calvin Ridley is suspended by the commissioner and not eligible to play.
· Cam Robinson started at left offensive tackle for the Jaguars, who scored 18 points in the fourth quarter and got a touchdown and a 2-point conversion with 14 seconds remaining to win.
· Jaguars safety Deionte Thompson is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
Miami Dolphins 30, Houston Texans 15
· Raekwon Davis started at nose tackle for the Dolphins. Davis made one tackle.
· Christian Harris started at linebacker for the Texans. Harris made two tackles before leaving with a shoulder injury.
· Texans tight end O.J. Howard (Autauga Academy) was targeted twice but did not have a reception.
· Texans wide receiver John Metchie III is on reserve/non-football injury and not eligible to play.
· Tua Tagovailoa started at quarterback for the Dolphins. Tagovailoa completed 22-of-36 passes for 299 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. Tagovailoa had 278 passing yards in the first half, when Miami built a 30-0 lead, and he left the game after playing two series in the third quarter. Tagovailoa threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Durham Smythe with 2:57 left in the first quarter as the Dolphins took a 10-0 lead.
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· Jaylen Waddle started at wide receiver for the Dolphins. Waddle caught five passes for 85 yards. With 1,978 yards on 160 receptions, Waddle broke the franchise record for receiving yards for a player in his first two seasons, which had been established by Jarvis Landry at 1,915 yards on 194 receptions in 2014 and 2015.
New York Jets 31, Chicago Bears 10
· Eddie Jackson started at safety for the Bears. Jackson made three tackles and broke up a pass before leaving the game on a cart with a foot injury.
· Bears offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood was designated as a game-day inactive.
· Jets safety Jared Mayden is a member of the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· C.J. Mosley (Theodore) started at linebacker for the Jets. Mosley led New York with 10 tackles, recorded one quarterback hit and intercepted one pass. Mosley got his first interception since 2019 and the 11th of his career by picking off Bears quarterback Trevor Siemian with 5:04 left to play. On a first-and-10 snap at the New York 10-yard line, Mosley made an interception at the 3-yard line, and the Jets ran out the clock on their victory.
· Quinnen Williams (Wenonah) started at defensive tackle for the Jets. Williams made one tackle and registered a quarterback hit.
Cincinnati Bengals 20, Tennessee Titans 16
· Titans defensive end Da’Shawn Hand is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
· Derrick Henry started at running back for the Titans. Henry ran for 38 yards on 17 carries and caught three passes for 79 yards. Henry entered the game as the NFL rushing leader but was bottled up by the Bengals except for one play – a screen pass that Henry carried for 69 yards before fumbling, with teammate Treylon Burks recovering the loose football in the end zone for Tennessee’s only touchdown with 11:15 left in the first half.
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· Jonah Williams started at left offensive tackle for the Bengals.
Los Angeles Chargers 25, Arizona Cardinals 24
· Chargers punter JK Scott averaged 39.0 yards on six punts, with a 36.5-yard net. Scott had a 48-yard punt for a fair catch at the Arizona 12-yard line, a 26-yarder downed at the Arizona 18, a 41-yarder returned 15 yards to the Los Angeles 44, a 42-yarder for a fair catch at the Arizona 6, a 39-yarder out of bounds at the Arizona 25 and a 38-yarder for a fair catch at the Arizona 10.
Las Vegas Raiders 40, Seattle Seahawks 34 (OT)
· Anthony Averett started at cornerback for the Raiders. A toe injury forced Averett out of the game.
· Raiders guard Lester Cotton (Central-Tuscaloosa) played but did not record any stats.
· Josh Jacobs started at running back for the Raiders. Jacobs reached career highs for rushing yards and receiving yards as he broke the franchise record with 303 yards from scrimmage. Jacobs ran for 229 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries and caught six passes for 74 yards. Jacobs ended the game with an 86-yard touchdown run with 4:20 left in overtime. He had scored on a 30-yard run as Las Vegas took a 21-13 lead with 8:29 left in the first half.
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· Raiders linebacker Reggie Ragland (Bob Jones, Alabama) is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· Seahawks long snapper Carson Tinker handled the snaps on four punts, four extra points and two field goals.
Kansas City Chiefs 26, Los Angeles Rams 10
· Terrell Lewis started at outside linebacker for the Rams. Lewis did not record any stats.
· Rams defensive end A’Shawn Robinson is on injured reserve and not eligible to play.
San Francisco 49ers 13, New Orleans Saints 0
· Saints running back Derrick Gore is on the practice squad and not eligible to play.
· Mark Ingram ran four times for 10 yards in his first action since Oct. 30. Ingram missed three games with a knee injury.
Philadelphia Eagles 40, Green Bay Packers 33
· Landon Dickerson started at left guard for the Eagles.
· Jalen Hurts started at quarterback for the Eagles. Hurts completed 16-of-28 passes for 153 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and ran for 157 yards on 17 carries. Hurts’ rushing yardage is the fourth-highest total for a quarterback in an NFL regular-season game. Hurts threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Quez Watkins with 13 seconds left in the first half as Philadelphia took a 27-20 lead and a 6-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver A.J. Brown with 7:19 left in the third quarter to push the lead to 34-20.
· Eagles cornerback Josh Jobe was designated as a game-day inactive.
· Jarran Reed started at defensive end for the Packers. Reed made two tackles and shared a sack. He has 1.5 sacks this season.
· DeVonta Smith started at wide receiver for the Eagles. Smith had four receptions for 50 yards.
Week 12 started on Thursday with three Thanksgiving games. The Buffalo Bills defeated the Detroit Lions 28-25, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 28-20 and the Minnesota Vikings defeated the New England Patriots 33-26. New England quarterback Mac Jones threw for 382 yards and two touchdowns.
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Week 12 concludes on Monday, when the Pittsburgh Steelers and Indianapolis Colts square off at 7:15 p.m. CDT at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. ESPN and ESPN Deportes will televise the game.
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Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.
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