Around the NFL: Brian Robinson Returns, Development of Packers WRs Impacting Rodgers' Future, Pickett Time in Pittsburgh, More

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Around the NFL: Brian Robinson Returns, Development of Packers WRs Impacting Rodgers’ Future, Pickett Time in Pittsburgh, More

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Brian Robinson’s story is a truly remarkable, and I can’t wait to see him get on the field in a game this season.

Brian Robinson: “I can pretty much fight anything.”

Washington Commanders rookie running back Brian Robinson was shot multiple times in a robbery attempt on August 28. This week, he’s back at practice. The Commanders decision to designate Robinson for a return to practice opens a 21-day window for a return to the active roster. Presumably, he’ll be back sooner than later. He could play, in theory, as soon as Sunday, against the Titans.

After all but winning the starting running back job in the Washington backfield during camp, Robinson had a bullet pass through his knee, amazingly not seriously injuring the ligaments and cartilage and bone, which would have likely ended his season, and potentially threatened his NFL career.

“It’s one of those very fortunate situations that that wasn’t any worse, and that’s the first major positive,” Head Coach Ron Rivera said via the Commanders’ websiteThe second positive is how he’s handled it, the way he’s reacted to it, the way he’s been getting himself back.”

Robinson called the days following the shooting “probably one of the lowest points I’ve ever been in my life.”

Just 38 days later, Robinson is back on a football field preparing to get his life and NFL career back on track, possibly as soon as this weekend. Robinson said that overcoming the gunshot wounds that put his life and career in jeopardy taught him that he “could pretty much fight anything [he’s] up against.”

Development of Packers Wide Receivers Will Impact Rodgers’ Future in Green Bay

It only took five weeks, but here we are again, wondering just how much longer Aaron Rodgers will dominate the NFC North.

Rookies Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs each caught touchdowns in last Sunday’s win over the Patriots and Rodgers said this week that the development of the stable of young receivers that the Packers have will play a factor in his decision as to whether he will continue to play beyond this season.

“Look, my decision, when it comes down to it, will be, obviously, the physical part, the mental part, seeing where the team is at. … There’s some moving pieces that’ll factor in, for sure. But seeing the development of those guys can’t help but be a part of the decision,” Rodgers said, via Jason Wilde of Madison.com.

It’s Pickett Time in Pittsburgh

The Mitch Trubisky era in Pittsburgh didn’t last very long. Trubisky, the 2017 second-overall pick of the Chicago Bears, was benched during last Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets in favor of Steelers rookie Kenny Pickett.

Pickett grew up in New Jersey but played his college football at Pitt, making him something of a hometown story for Steelers fans who many spent years rooting for in college. The Steelers took Pickett with the 20th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft this past spring, making him the heir to Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh, but not before the bridge quarterback Trubisky, who faced a similar situation in Chicago with Mike Glennon in his rookie season, showed Mike Tomlin and the Steelers that he wasn’t giving them anything more than their shiny new toy could.

While Pickett puts Trubisky in a situation that he once put Mike Glennon in, Pickett appreciates what he’s done for him to this point, calling him one of the best teammates he’s ever had:

Odds and Ends

  • The Panthers will be without Jeremy Chinn for at least four weeks after they placed him on IR with a hamstring injury. Chinn will be eligible to return in Week 9:
  • Justin Herbert leads the NFL in passing yards with 1,250 but Josh Allen and company aren’t far behind the Chargers star signal-caller:
  • New team, same Tyreek. Tyreek Hill leads the NFL in receiving yards through the first month of the season:
  • Yikes. Family first, friends:
  • Calling the Giants a winning team is a bit of a stretch. They’re playing well beyond their talent, and I’m sure that’ll normalize, with this week being a good start:
  • These Patriots’ throwbacks have always been sharp. Especially in Super Bowl XX when the Bears hammered the Patriots while they wore these:

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Author: Patrick K. Flowers

Patrick is a Staff Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @PatrickKFlowers.