Robert Griffin III Injury: Updates on Redskins Star's Knee

David Daniels@TheRealDDanielsSenior Writer IDecember 9, 2012

Breaking: Robert Griffin III isn’t invincible.

Down 28-20 late in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens, an injury forced the Washington Redskins quarterback to exit his team’s must-win battle.

UPDATE: Sunday, December 23 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Alex Kay

As expected, RGIII is active today and should be starting against the Philadelphia Eagles. 

CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir tweeted out the 'Skins inactive list and the superstar rookie signal-caller was not included. 

#Redskins inactives: Grossman, Banks, Briscoe, Polumbus, So'oto, Gettis and Muckelroy. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) December 23, 2012


UPDATE: Saturday, December 22 at 6:42 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Griffin has been cleared to play versus the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday:

In the final anticipated step, Redskins doctors cleared QB Robert Griffin III to start Sunday’s game vs. Eagles, via league sources.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 22, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, December 21 at 1:44 p.m. ET by Steven Cook

If you're a fan of life, you received good news Friday morning when the world didn't end. If you're a Redskins fan, you received even better news in that Robert Griffin III is probable for Sunday's game, according to CSN's Tarik El-Bashir.

Griffin will be probable Sunday, Shanahan said. #Redskins #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) December 21, 2012

With a playoff berth hanging in the balance and a tough final two games, this news couldn't have come at a better time for Washington.

UPDATE: Thursday, December 20 at 1:03 p.m. ET

Great news for Redskins fans as Robert Griffin III (knee) is moving well at practice today, according to Washington Times' Rich Campbell.

Quarterback Robert Griffin III moved fine at Redskins practice Thursday morning, a day after he tested his mildly sprained right knee at full speed in live reps Wednesday...

...Griffin hopes to play Sunday's road game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Wednesday, December 19 at 4:51 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway 

Let the rejoicing commence, Redskins fans. According to CSN Philadelphia's Ruben Frank, Washington head coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin will start on Sunday against the Eagles, barring any setbacks:

Mike Shanahan just said RG3 practiced full speed today and barring any setbacks will start vs. Eagles Sunday.

— Reuben Frank (@RoobCSN) December 19, 2012

With the Redskins now in the driver's seat in the NFC East, this news could not come at a better time for Shanahan's squad.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Wednesday, December 19 at 2:06 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

 With their NFC East destiny directly in their hands, the Redskins got some great news about their star quarterback. According to the Washington Times' Rich Campbell, Griffin went "full speed" in practice on Wednesday:

Though Kirk Cousins did a great job last week, Griffin looks on line to start at this juncture. With a matchup against the Eagles in store, Washington fans may wind up with their star quarterback under center. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 11:40 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

As expected, Griffin has officially been listed as inactive by the Redskins:

#Redskins inactives: QB R. Griffin III, PR B. Banks, WR D. Briscoe, LB R. Muckelroy, OG J. LeRibeus, OT T. Compton, OG A. Gettis. #HTTR

— Redskins (@Redskins) December 16, 2012

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UPDATE: Sunday, December 16 at 9:14 a.m. ET

Robert Griffin III (knee) will be inactive today when Kirk Cousins starts for the Redskins, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will not be active today and Rex Grossman will be the backup to starter Kirk Cousins.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 16, 2012

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Saturday, December 15 at 9:18 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

If the Washington Redskins are going to beat the Cleveland Browns, they are going to do it with backup QB Kirk Cousins leading the way. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team has been informed that Cousins will start in place of injured Robert Griffin III:

At team meeting minutes ago, Redskins players were informed Kirk Cousins will start at Cleveland, according to text from person in room.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 16, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 14 at 1:33 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

The good news: RG3 practiced for a third straight day. The bad news: Team officials are still unsure of his status for Sunday's must-win game against the Cleveland Browns.

Redskins Insider Tarik El-Bashir reported on Twitter that RG3's official status right now is questionable.

RG3 is questionable. #Redskins

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) December 14, 2012

According to John Keim of the Washington Examiner, Griffin did more than he had earlier in the week, but still appears to be a game-time decision.

Griffin did more than just throw drop-back passes, which is what he was mostly limited to Wednesday and Thursday during the part of practice open to the media. Friday, while the media watched, Griffin executed a bootleg rollout and pass.

It's still a mixed bag out of Washington, and Kirk Cousins is preparing like the starter outside of practice. We'll know more about Griffin's mobility tomorrow, but it's unlikely we'll have a final word on his availability until Sunday morning.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Thursday, Dec. 13 at 1:55 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

While Griffin seems to be trending in the right direction for Week 15, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan says effectiveness will be the biggest question mark heading into Sunday, according to's Around the League.

Redskins OC Kyle Shanahan says it's not his call on whether RG3 plays vs. Browns. Says he won't know until Sunday how effective RG3 can be

— NFL: AroundTheLeague (@NFL_ATL) December 13, 2012

In other words, making throws on the practice field is one thing, but doing with opposing defense coming at him is another. The team needs to be confident RG3 can make all the necessary plays before clearing him to start.

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UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 12:40 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Good news for Redskins fans, as RGIII seems to be looking better in practice on Thursday, according to a report by Mike Jones of the Washington Post:

[Griffin] moved without noticeable limitation Thursday and appeared more confident when he planted and threw off his back leg in drills during the portion of practice that is open to reporters. He did appear to favor the knee at times, but not as much as he did Wednesday.

ESPN's Matt Mosley documented what fellow rookie RB Alfred Morris had to say about Griffin, which makes the situation sound even better:

Alfred Morris to USA Today on RG3 in practice: "He's like the man of steel. He's our Superman. I thought he looked great moving around."

— Matt Mosley (@mattmosley) December 13, 2012

Washington is in the playoff hunt entering Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, and would love to have its stud rookie QB in the fold.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Thursday, December 13 at 12:09 p.m. ET

Great news for Redskins fans and fantasy owners as Robert Griffin III (knee) is once again participating in practice, according to Washington Post's Mike Jones.

Griffin again on practice field. Looked more confident planting and throwing off right leg. #redskins

— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) December 13, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, December 12 at 2:40 p.m. ET

Griffin was able to practice on Wednesday, but he is playing things close to the vest about what his status for Sunday's game against Cleveand. (h/t Marc Sessler of

"I feel like I can play through any injury," Griffin said. "Does that mean I'll play on Sunday? We'll see."

Being able to practice today was a huge step, so it does seem like Griffin will at least be available for Week 15.


UPDATE: Wednesday, December 12 at 11:44 a.m. ET

Great news for Redskins fans as Robert Griffin III (knee) was scene at practice today, according to Washington Post's Mike Jones.

Griffin was on field during portion of practice open to media

— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) December 12, 2012

Jones went on to shed more light on RG3's participation.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was on the field for the individual drills portion of Wednesday’s practice.

Griffin did some quick-step warmup jogs and flashed his teammates a thumbs-up, but did have a slight limp while he walked. He also did well on lateral shuffle drills and squats. But it’s not clear how much of the practice he will participate in.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 2:44 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Father knows best—at least that's what Redskins fans should be hoping. According to USA Today's Jim Corbett, Griffin's father said that the scintillating rookie quarterback will be in the lineup against the Browns on Sunday:

Breathe easy Redskins nation, Robert Griffin III's father told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that his son will start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns in a critical game for the Washington Redskins' playoff push.

Washington just one game out of a tie for the NFC East lead, the team will need Griffin now more than ever. More than anything, though, the Redskins have to be happy their franchise quarterback is feeling better after a scary hit last week.

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Update: Tuesday, December 11 at 1:02 p.m. ET

The Washington Redskins are expected to know much more about the status of superstar rookie Robert Griffin III on Thursday, according to Rich Campbell of The Washington Times’ sources.

Redskins expect to have a good feeling for Robert Griffin III's status by Thursday, per a source who has spoken to RG3 in detail.

— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) December 11, 2012

RGIII is dealing with a Grade 1 LCL sprain that forced him to miss the final possession and overtime of last week’s win against the Baltimore Ravens.

We’ll keep you updated right here on B/R as soon as we know more about the QB’s health.


UPDATE: Tuesday, December 11 at 10:52 a.m. ET

Pierre Garcon may have given away Robert Griffin III's status for Sunday's game.'s Rich Tandler has the latest:

Talking about Sunday’s game in Cleveland with anchor Bran Weinstein on SportsCenter, Garçon said, 'We have a little bit tougher of a task with Kirk starting.'

'We have to play well around Kirk so Kirk doesn’t feel like he has to save the team and help him to be a comfortable as possible.'

He was talking about rookie backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, of course. If Cousins is indeed starting, that would mean that Robert Griffin III will sit out the game in Cleveland.

Mike Shanahan said in a news conference yesterday that he “definitely” did not rule Griffin out for Sunday’s game. However, it is possible that internally the team believes that Griffin will not be able to play and that word has spread among the players.

Travis Rechenbach posted video of Garcon's comments on YouTube.

It should be noted, however, that on ESPN's First Take, when asked the same question, Garcon stated that they have to prepare for Kirk Cousins starting and not that Cousins actually will start.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 4:14 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

More good news on the RG3 injury front. This one comes RG2 via an article by The Washington Post's David Sheinin and Mike Jones:

In text messages, Griffin said his son is doing “really good.” Asked whether he thought Griffin III could play Sunday he responded: “That is the plan.”

Again, another sign pointing to RG3 taking the field. 

UPDATE: Monday, December 10 at 3:08 p.m. ET by Richard Langford

Rejoice, Redskins fans. There is great news on the injury front. The Redskins tweeted out this news.

Shanahan said the sprain was Grade 1 (lowest) to the LCL, with no structural damage to the rest of the knee. #HTTR

— Redskins (@Redskins) December 10, 2012

After hearing that it was a knee sprain, this was as good as the news could possibly get. 

And if you don't want to just take the Mike Shanahan's word on this, Washington did a little name-dropping with this tweet. 

#Redskins had renowned sports physician Dr. Andrews on the sideline, who cleared him to return to the game without serious risk. #HTTR

— Redskins (@Redskins) December 10, 2012

When it comes to ligaments, there is not a more definitive word than those uttered by Dr. Andrews. Given all this, it sure looks like RG3 will be on the field for Week 15.

The team apparently isn't ready to say he will play, but Shanahan made it clear that it was definitely a possibility. 106.7 THE FAN's Grant Paulsen passed this along. 

Mike Shanahan: Robert Griffin "is definitely not ruled out for Cleveland" game. #Redskins

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) December 10, 2012

UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 7:38 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to The Washington Post reporter Mike Jones, Griffin III's MRI showed a sprained knee:

Redskins announce Griffin knee injury is a knee sprain MRI showed.

— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) December 10, 2012

It's hard to tell how long this injury will keep him out. At the least, he's going to be sore for the next few days.

Griffin III appreciates the positive vibes though:

Your positive vibes and prayers worked people!!!!To God be the Glory!

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) December 10, 2012

Keep an eye out for updates.

---End of Update---

UPDATE: Sunday, December 9 at 5:15 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, RG3 is optimistic about his knee after suffering an injury on Sunday:

Griffin smiling: "I'm gonna be alright. Nothing's broken." MRI tonight, but he says, "shouldn't be ACL. I know what that feels like."

— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) December 9, 2012

---End of Update---

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweeted this news after Griffin had not only left the game, but also headed to the locker room.

RGIII back on sidelines, obviously a good sign. wearing a brace on his knee. he is listed as doubtful to return

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 9, 2012

Following Griffin’s exit, backup quarterback and fellow rookie Kirk Cousins completed two passes for 26 yards and a touchdown before running it in for the two-point conversion to tie up the ballgame at 28-28.

So that’s why the 'Skins “wasted” a fourth-round pick on a second-string quarterback.

While Washington must be thrilled Cousins was able to force overtime, it has to be holding its breath after yet another RGIII injury. He was criticized earlier in the season for not protecting his body well enough.

Griffin had completed 15-of-26 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown prior to his injury. He had added 34 yards on the ground and protected the football. The Redskins need him if they still plan on making the playoffs.

In overtime, a 64-yard Richard Crawford punt return set up Kai Forbath for the game-winning field goal to move the Redskins to 7-6. But they aren’t sneaking into the postseason on the backs of miracle special teams plays.

Entering Sunday trailing the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants, Washington still needs help to get in, and its next three games against the Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys won’t be a cakewalk, especially without a 100 percent healthy RGIII.

David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.


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