Brian Robinson isn't up for the award despite playing 12 games after getting shot twice in late August. However, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio, who was one of 50 voters, explained that the Washington Commanders running back wasn't eligible.
"Rookies aren’t eligible for the award because it recognizes players who were in the NFL the previous season or prior years," Rob Maaddi of the AP told Florio. "Robinson’s case is unique and presents another reason to consider amending the rule."
That's quite the comeback.In fairness, Comeback Player of the Year is always a tricky award to decipher with arbitrary criteria. One can argue that Smith's breakout year isn't a comeback because he never played nearly as well before 2022.