Brian Robinson Jr.

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Ruled out for Week 18

Robinson (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Dallas, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Antonio Gibson (knee) missed Week 17 and was then placed on injured reserve Thursday, leaving the Commanders with Jonathan Williams and Jaret Patterson as their healthy running backs for the season finale. Williams has been the third-stringer since late November, but that might be more about special teams and doesn't ensure he'll get more touches than Patterson on Sunday. Robinson, a third-round pick, wraps up his rookie year as the team's leading rusher with 205 carries for 797 yards, though he caught only nine passes in 12 games and found the end zone just three times (including once on a reception). While the Commanders could upgrade this offseason, it won't necessarily be one of their priorities with the RB room in decent hands between Robinson and Gibson.

Jan 6, 2023 9:38 AM EST


Sitting out another practice

Robinson (knee) wasn't present for Thursday's practice session, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Robinson has now sat out both of the Commanders' first two Week 18 practices, putting his availability in question for Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Even if Robinson demonstrates enough progress in his recovery from the knee injury to suit up this weekend, he could be in store for a limited role than usual, given that the Commanders have been eliminated from playoff contention and may be reluctant to expose the running back to further injury heading into the offseason. With Washington moving Antonio Gibson (knee/foot) to injured reserve earlier Thursday, the team would be left with Jonathan Williams, Jaret Patterson and practice-squad member Reggie Bonnafon as its available backs if Robinson is sidelined Sunday.

Jan 5, 2023 9:28 AM EST



Dealing with knee injury

Robinson (knee) was a non-participant at practice Wednesday.

Analysis: Neither Robinson nor Antonio Gibson (knee/foot) logged any on-field work to begin Week 18 prep, so the Commanders backfield currently is without its top two options. Gibson sat out Week 17 due to his pair of injuries, while Robinson's health concern is a new one, so the entire situation will be one to watch to get a sense of who may be available Sunday versus the Cowboys. Currently, Jonathan Williams is the only healthy running back on Washington's active roster, and Jaret Patterson is a candidate to be elevated from the practice squad.

Jan 4, 2023 1:21 PM EST


Impressive volume against Browns

Robinson carried the ball 24 times for 87 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Robinson accounted for 24 of 33 carries by Commnaders' running backs in the absence of Antonio Gibson (knee), which helped him to a mediocre performance despite a lack of big plays. Robinson managed only one carry of more than 10 yards and was limited to 3.6 yards per attempt. Even so, he has at least 80 rushing yards in five of his last seven games.

Jan 1, 2023 4:47 PM EST


Unchallenged in lead role this week

Robinson should have expanded usage Sunday with Antonio Gibson (knee) unavailable against the Browns, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Gibson was ruled out Friday after missing practice throughout the week. He'd taken a backseat to Robinson in recent weeks anyway, but this could open the door for the rookie to play more snaps and draw more targets. He's averaged 18.1 carries for 76.4 yards over the past seven games, starting each week, but with only 1.0 catch for 6.7 yards on 1.3 targets per game. Touchdowns have also been an issue with Robinson scoring only two from 582 total yards the past three games, though that part is less about Gibson, who has only one TD (and 379 total yards) in the same seven-game stretch. Jonathan Williams and Jaret Patterson are the depth options behind Robinson for Week 17.

Dec 30, 2022 2:36 PM EST



Bottled up in tough matchup

Robinson ran for 58 yards on 22 carries and failed to haul in his lone target in Saturday's 37-20 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Robinson was met with brick walls on seemingly every one of his 22 carries (second-highest total this year) against San Francisco's stout front seven Saturday. Backup Antonio Gibson managed just 10 rushing yards on five carries, so the pecking order in Washington's backfield should remain unchanged after an overall down performance from the group. Robinson will attempt to resume his strong rookie campaign against the Browns' porous rushing defense next Sunday (134.3 rushing yards allowed per game).

Dec 24, 2022 7:39 PM EST


Hits century mark in total yards

Robinson had 12 carries for 89 yards and caught his lone target for 18 yards in Sunday's 20-12 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Robinson came out of Washington's bye week and posted a nearly identical line to his last game against these same Giants back in Week 13. The 2022 third-round selection continued to outproduce and out-touch veteran Antonio Gibson (5/21/0), further establishing himself as the Commanders' lead back and preferred fantasy option. Robinson has hit the century mark in total yards for three consecutive weeks, with his lack of touchdowns -- three through 10 games -- being the only blemish on a strong rookie campaign. All of Washington's position players should take slight projection hits with a tough matchup looming against San Francisco's elite defense Saturday.

Dec 18, 2022 9:24 PM EST


Cleared to play in Week 15

Robinson (quadriceps) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Giants, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Robinson was limited in all three of Washington's practices coming out of the Week 14 bye, but that won't keep him from playing in the pivotal Week 15 showdown with the Giants. The rookie running back rushed for 96 yards on 15 carries and caught both of his targets for 15 yards against the same opponent in Washington's previous game.

Dec 16, 2022 11:29 AM EST


Another limited practice

Robinson (quadriceps) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Both Robinson and Antonio Gibson (foot) have logged back-to-back capped sessions this week following a Week 14 bye. Robinson entered the Commanders' in-season respite having recorded between 15 and 26 touches for five consecutive games, including 23 touches for 111 yards from scrimmage in the team's last contest two weeks ago against the Giants, who just so happen to be his opponent this Sunday.

Dec 15, 2022 10:47 AM EST


Limited with quad injury

Robinson was a limited practice participant Wednesday with a quad injury, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Antonio Gibson (foot) also was listed as limited on Washington's first practice report after a Week 14 bye. Both running backs appear on track to play Sunday against the Giants, with Robinson the favorite to get more carries after running 39 times for 201 yards between Weeks 12 and 13. That included a 21-96-0 rushing and 2-15-0 receiving line a couple weeks ago against the same Giants defense he'll face Sunday.

Dec 14, 2022 10:36 AM EST


Leads backfield in tie

Robinson rushed 21 times for 96 yards and secured both targets for 15 yards in the Commanders' 20-20 tie with the Giants on Sunday. He also committed a fumble that was recovered by Washington.

Analysis: The rookie once again helmed the backfield, out-carrying Antonio Gibson by a 12-tote margin while also tying his teammate with a pair of receptions, albeit on two fewer targets. Robinson's long run was for a modest 16 yards, so it was a grind-it-out type of effort for the Alabama product. Robinson now has 201 rushing yards on 39 carries in the last two games alone, seemingly affording him an unquestioned lead-back role going into the team's Week 14 bye.

Dec 4, 2022 3:13 PM EST


Retakes lead of backfield

Robinson rushed the ball 18 times for 105 yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Falcons. He added two receptions for 20 yards and a touchdown.

Analysis: Robinson led the Washington backfield with 22 touches as compared to 12 for Antonio Gibson. That likely had to do with game script, as Washington held a small lead for the majority of the game and was content to keep the ball on the ground in rainy weather. Robinson took advantage of the opportunity by topping 100 rushing yards in a game for the first time in his career while ripping off runs of 21, 12 and 11 yards to get there. He also found his way to the end zone on a 14-yard score to tally Washington's first touchdown of the day. Robinson will likely be reliant upon positive game script to replicate this type of performance, though he has shown the ability to shoulder a heavy workload.

Nov 27, 2022 4:36 PM EST


Draws 15 carries

Robinson ran for 57 yards on 15 carries against Houston on Sunday.

Analysis: It's disappointing that Robinson couldn't get more going on the ground against Houston's weak run defense, and somewhat concerning that seeming backup Antonio Gibson saw 18 carries to Robinson's 15, and three targets to Robinson's none. Gibson appears to be the team's preferred passing-down target between the two, so Robinson would ideally hold a decisive lead over Gibson as the team's preferred pure runner. The Washington backfield will continue to be an interesting question as they face an otherwise favorable matchup against Atlanta in Week 12.

Nov 20, 2022 1:38 PM EST


Busiest game of young career

Robinson rushed 26 times for 86 yards and one touchdown in Monday's 32-21 win over the Eagles. He wasn't targeted in the passing game.

Analysis: After watching Antonio Gibson score from one yard out in the first quarter, Robinson matched that feat late in the second. Robinson was bottled up initially but kept his legs churning and had the wherewithal to reach the ball across the plane before any body part touched the ground. The rookie third-round pick out of Alabama set new career highs in carries and rushing yards, so his arrow's pointing up ahead of a juicy Week 11 matchup with the league-worst Houston run defense.

Nov 14, 2022 9:13 PM EST


Tough sledding on ground in loss

Robinson rushed 13 times for 44 yards and brought in both targets for minus-6 yards in the Commanders' 20-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.

Analysis: Robinson was once again mostly stymied on the ground, with his long run of the day going for just six yards. The rookie outpaced backfield mate Antonio Gibson by just two carries overall after checking in second to him in that category Week 8, but he should continue to helm the ground game in a tough Week 10 road matchup against the Eagles on Monday night, Nov. 14.

Nov 6, 2022 3:39 PM EST


Step back in involvement

Robinson carried the ball eight times for 20 yards in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Colts.

Analysis: Coming off a 20-carry performance, Robinson took a backseat to Antonio Gibson in overall role in Sunday's win. He was completely uninvolved as a receiver and ineffective as a runner, as he averaged only 2.5 yards per carry and his longest rush of the day went for just seven yards. Robinson could continue to serve as the Commanders' lead back moving forward, though this performance highlights the fragility of his production given his lack of involvement as a pass catcher and the continued involvement of Gibson.

Oct 30, 2022 8:51 PM EST


Racks up 22 touches in win

Robinson rushed 20 times for 73 yards and caught both of his targets for 13 yards in Sunday's 23-21 win over the Packers.

Analysis: Robinson got nine more touches than Antonio Gibson, but Gibson got into the end zone on a nine-yard catch in the second quarter. Both of Washington's top two running backs should continue to play prominent roles in Week 8 against the Colts and beyond. Robinson's averaging only 3.4 yards per carry through three NFL games, but he's taken on a workhorse role with 37 rushing attempts over the past two games.

Oct 23, 2022 3:17 PM EST


Scores TD in first start

Robinson rushed 17 times for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Commanders' 12-7 win over the Bears on Thursday night.

Analysis: The rookie had a tough time with efficiency against a surprisingly stout Bears front Thursday night, but he did put an exclamation point on his first pro start with a one-yard touchdown run with 7:21 remaining. The score was the first of Robinson's career following the delayed start to his rookie season due to leg injuries suffered in a late-August robbery attempt, but his workload Thursday night suggests there will be plenty more opportunity for him to visit the end zone moving forward. Robinson now will have extra time to rest up from having logged 26 touches in a span of four days, as the Commanders don't take the field again until they host the Packers a week from Sunday.

Oct 13, 2022 8:31 PM EST


Expected to draw Week 6 start

Robinson is expected to serve as Washington's starting running back during Thursday's game against the Bears, Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network report.

Analysis: During his NFL debut in last week's loss to the Titans after he missed the Commanders' first four games while recovering from two gunshot wounds in his leg, Robinson came off the bench and was part of a three-man backfield committee with starter Antonio Gibson and pass-catching specialist J.D. McKissic. All three backs played between 29 and 41 percent of Washington's offensive snaps against Tennessee, but Robinson could be on tap for at least a slight uptick in playing time at the expense of Gibson if he is in fact awarded the starting nod. McKissic is still likely to remain the Commanders' top option on passing downs, however, so Robinson's upside in PPR formats in particular may be capped even if he wrests the larger share of the early-down work away from Gibson.

Oct 13, 2022 12:26 PM EST


Leads backfield in debut

Robinson carried the ball nine times for 22 yards in Sunday's 21-17 loss to the Titans.

Analysis: Robinson made his NFL debut after missing the Commanders' first four games due to a leg injury he sustained during an attempted robbery Aug. 28. It was reported he would be on a pitch count as a result, but he still dominated touches out of the backfield by out-carrying Antonio Gibson 9-3. It has yet to be seen how efficient Robinson can be, but it appears that he should see plenty of opportunity moving forward.

Oct 9, 2022 5:09 PM EST


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