Commanders’ Ron Rivera: I trust Antonio Gibson and we’re going to give him the football


Running back Antonio Gibson of the Washington Commanders has had a turbulent offseason. He was the leading running back going into training camp, but after a preseason fumble, he seemed to fall down the depth chart. Before being wounded in a late-August attempted robbery/carjacking, rookie Brian Robinson was ready to pass Gibson for early-down carries. Gibson is positioned to resume a significant role in Washington’s attack now that Robinson will be gone for at least four weeks. Ron Rivera, the Commanders’ head coach, is at ease relying on Gibson. Rivera told NBC Sports on Wednesday, “I believe him. He will receive the football from us. I have no objections to that.” Gibson, who talked to the media for the first time since the preseason opener, is ready for any touches the coaches are prepared to give him. He declares that he is prepared to assist the squad in any way that is required.