RG3 Injury: Washington Redskins Would Be Wise to Rest Rookie QB vs. Vikings

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IOctober 9, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 7: Robert Griffen III #10 of the Washington Redskins prepares to take the field against the Atlanta Falcons at FedExField on October 7, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. The Falcons defeated the Redskins 24-17. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Concussions are not be messed with in today's NFL. We know too much about them and what they can ultimately lead to when not properly treated to prioritize wins ahead of recovery.

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III is coming off a concussion suffered in Week 5's loss to the Atlanta Falcons, according to ESPN.com.

Therefore, Mike Shanahan and the Redskins organization would be wise to sit their young superstar this weekend against the Minnesota Vikings

It's irrelevant whether that move will cost Washington a win or not, because Griffin's brain and long-term health ultimately trump a regular-season outcome for a team that's not going anywhere this year anyway. Washington has lost eight straight home games overall as well, which points to a bigger problem rather than the need for Griffin to play.

Clearly, the Redskins haven't been able to find success at home—even with RG3 under center. They're 0-2 at FedEx Field this season.

Washington is in rebuilding mode and its key piece is coming off a head injury. Brain trauma is much more serious than a torn ACL or broken collarbone—not that those injuries aren't scary when they happen. But lost in today's day and age of fantasy football is fans' compassion towards the players down on the field. This wasn't the case in Washington when DC held its breath after Griffin took a big hit on the sideline.

However, that doesn't change the fact that the Redskins would be foolish to rush their franchise quarterback back like some desperate fantasy football owner. 

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins showed some promise in his first regular-season appearance for Washington last week against Atlanta, and would have the benefit of making his first NFL start at home in Week 6 as well. 

Cousins connected on five of his nine pass attempts and threw a 77-yard touchdown pass against the Falcons last Sunday. Trust him or not, he's the best direction to take at quarterback this weekend.

Griffin is the future of the Redskins organization, and far too valuable for Washington to rush him back from last week's concussion.

Regardless of how good RG3 feels on Sunday morning, the wise and responsible decision from head coach Mike Shanahan is to sit him and prepare him for Week 7 at New York. 

Even if Griffin plays, the Redskins aren't guaranteed to win against a Vikings team that is 4-1 and playing excellent football through the season's first quarter. The season is long and the Redskins will have 10 more games to try and win after this weekend.

Shanahan and the Redskins' coaching staff must think long-term, for the franchise's sake and RG3's.


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