Robert Griffin III Injury: Updates on Redskins Star's Leg
The Washington Redskins are again looking into an uncertain future, as quarterback Robert Griffin III left Week 8's clash against the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter a leg injury.
USA Today's Lindsay Jones described the fourth-quarter play and observed that he was immediately sent to the trainers to be checked out:
Terrance Knighton just destroyed RGIII. Ugh.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) October 27, 2013
Griffin goes right to the training table on Washington sideline.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) October 27, 2013
Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported that team doctors checked his knee and gave him positive news:
Griffin just got a thumbs up after doctors checked his knee, and he got up. He's watching with no helmet in his hand— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 27, 2013
He is active for Week 9.
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From Mike Jones of the Washington Post:
Griffin says knee felt good in practice and he expects to be fine for Sunday.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) October 30, 2013
From Chris Russell of ESPN Radio 980:
#Redskins Mike Shanahan says Griffin's knee is sore, but he's fine.— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) October 28, 2013
Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com followed:
Mike Jones of The Washington Post provides a statement from Robert Griffin III discussing the hit that knocked him out of the game against the Broncos in Week 8:
“The knee feels fine,” Griffin said. “I’m not sure which D-tackle it was. I think it was Knighton, who came in and landed all 300-plus pounds of himself on my leg and I think it really just scared me. After the docs checked me, I was fine and ready to go back in the game. I talked with Mike and Kirk was out there already, and we just thought it was smart to keep me off the field and just be ready to go next week.”
After the game coach Mike Shanahan clarified Robert Griffin III's status via Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in DC:
Mike Shanahan: Robert Griffin is okay. The doctors cleared him to go back into the game but Shanahan held him out based on the score.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 27, 2013
Rich Tandler of CSNWashington added:
Kirk Cousins would enter the game on the next offensive possession and subsequently threw a pick-six.
The knee injury cast a dark light on what was one of the most magical rookie seasons in NFL history. Griffin, the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft, threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns against just five interceptions. He completed 65.6 percent of his passes and averaged 8.14 yards per attempt, helping buoy Griffin's quarterback rating to a rookie-record 102.4. He also rushed for 815 yards and seven touchdowns.
Battling through an arduous rehab process, Griffin made his return in Week 1 but has been slow returning to form. Prior to Week 8, he had thrown for 1,746 yards and eight touchdowns but had already tossed six interceptions—one greater than his entire 2012 total. He's also fumbled a league-high seven times despite Mike Shanahan and Co. consigning him to a more stationary role in the offense for the first quarter of the season.
Over the past three weeks, though, Griffin had been running more—which should make this injury a topic of conversation on the Beltway. Griffin carried the ball 20 times for 161 yards the past two weeks heading into Sunday, numbers that far exceeded his totals from the first four contests combined.
That increase has also coincided with a heightened competitiveness from the Redskins. They've won two of their last three games after starting 0-3, slowly creeping back into the NFC East race. The Dallas Cowboys held a 1.5-game lead over Washington heading into Week 8, but the Redskins trailed by only one in the loss column.
Considering a majority of Griffin's lethality comes from his dual-threat stylings, it will be interesting to see how Mike Shanahan and Co. use him after this latest setback.
Kirk Cousins will take over for Griffin under center. Also in his second season, the former Michigan State standout has performed admirably whenever the call of duty has come. He threw for 329 yards and two touchdowns in the only start of his career last season against the Browns.
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