RG3 Injury Update: Rookie's Toughness Will Keep Him Around as Redskins Starter

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVOctober 7, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins looks down in the tunnel before playing the Atlanta Falcons at FedExField on October 7, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Atlanta Falcons won, 24-17. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III went down with an ugly injury that gave him a concussion and knocked him out of their loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, but his toughness and value to the team will translate to no missed time from the injury.

A hit from Sean Weatherspoon knocked him out of the game, and it may not be the only game that he gets knocked out of if he's going to be the true type of dual-threat quarterback that can win games.

But he'll take a few days to get over it and be right on track to start next weekend. Griffin made that much clear on Twitter after the game, while giving a shoutout to his fans that had been supporting him.

Thank you for all the prayers & supportI'm ok and I think after all the testing I will play next week.

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 7, 2012


If this were a leg injury or a throwing arm injury, then there would be much more cause for concern. But mild concussions don't generally take weeks to recover from, and we wouldn't expect RG3 to miss time from one.

If the Redskins have to go without Griffin for an extended period of time, then it'll be catastrophic for their chance of success.

RG3 has gone for over 1,000 yards, a passer rating of 103.2 and four touchdowns to go along with more than 230 yards rushing and four rushing TDs.

Those are absolutely eye-popping numbers for a quarterback in his first season not only starting, but even playing in the league. And he's done all of it without a true experienced mentor behind him as his backup is a fellow rookie—Kirk Cousins, who made his NFL debut Sunday.

RG3's year so far has been nothing short of spectacular, which is why we as well as the Redskins would be adversely affected by his absence.