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Robert Griffin III suffers mild concussion in Week 5 action.
It shouldn't have been a major shock to anybody when the NFL announced that Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was voted as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month for September.
Griffin turned in a very strong month of play in September by throwing for 1,070 yards, four touchdowns and only one interception. In addition, Griffin rushed for 234 yards and scored four rushing touchdowns.
Griffin raised the Redskins' offensive unit to become one of the more productive offenses in the NFL, as they were scoring at an average of just under 31 points per game in September.
In Week 5 action, Griffin took a big shot from Atlanta Falcons LB Sean Witherspoon in the third quarter, when he tried to score on a scramble around the right end. The hit was big enough that Griffin suffered a mild concussion and went to the locker room, not to return to the game.
Due to limited production in the game, Griffin fell out of the top five in the QB passer ratings, as his 101.0 has him ranked at No. 6. He is also ranked as the No. 22 leading rusher in the NFL with 241 yards on just 42 rushes.
Due to the NFL rules for concussions, Griffin will have to pass various tests this week before he can be cleared to play in the Week 6 contest against the Minnesota Vikings.
Griffin's teammate, RB Alfred Morris, continued with his strong play, as he rushed the ball 18 times for 115 yards. On the year, Morris is the No. 3 rusher in the NFL with 491 yards over 100 rushes. He has an outstanding average of 4.9 yards per rush to go with four touchdowns. You also have to admire the fact that he has not yet fumbled.
Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson comes in at No. 16 with 303 rushing yards on the year, but he is only averaging 3.7 yards per carry.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin is ranked at No. 21 with 247 rushing yards, averaging 3.5 yards per rush.
Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck led his team to a motivational win over the Green Bay Packers in Week 5, as the team was playing hard for coach Chuck Pagano, who is hospitalized with leukemia. Luck comes in at No. 25 in the QB passer ratings with a rating of 77.1.
There are no other rookie quarterbacks, wide receivers or running backs in the top 25 in the NFL rankings after five weeks.