After Atlanta Falcons linebacker, Sean Weatherspoon, had his hit on Griffin, many fans were speechless and fearing that he would not be able to come back for a few weeks. Thankfully, he only had a mild concussion and needed stitches.
On Monday, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said, “We should [find] out in the next few days exactly what happens,'' Shanahan said. ''Right now it looks good. I'm not really sure if it stays that way. The professionals will monitor his situation and let us know if able he's able to play or not. We surely have nothing to do with it,” (via Boston.com).
Shanahan also mentioned that Griffin was feeling good on Monday, and did not have any headaches or experience dizziness.
Even though this was Griffin’s first NFL head injury, will it change his risky playing behavior when he returns? It will be interesting to see if RGIII will still be able to run the ball as much as he usually does. Griffin is known for his unique quarterback styles and abilities to mix up his throwing and running game. Will he become more hesitant now?
What does this all mean for Kirk Cousins who filled in for RGIII. He was under quite a bit of pressure, having to go in against the Falcons after Griffin’s injury. He proved his abilities when he threw a pass to Santana Moss who made a 77-yard touchdown. After a play like that, it will be hard for the Redskins to just throw him back on the bench once Griffin is cleared.
Even if Griffin does not come back for this week’s game, he should be back for their game against the New York Giants. But until we hear the final word, we will all play the waiting game.