Robert Griffin III Injury: Updates on Redskins Star's Ankle and Return

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor ISeptember 14, 2014

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Updates from Sunday, Nov. 2

As expected, Robert Griffin III is active for Week 9:

Updates from Friday, Oct. 31

The Redskins' official Twitter feed has an update on Robert Griffin III's status for Sunday:

Kevin Patra of has more from Griffin on his status:

"I thought I'd get back a little sooner ... this isn't little league football, you got to play with some pain," he said. "I'm to the point where I've rehabbed it enough and I feel good going out there and I feel that I can be myself."

Updates from Thursday, Oct. 30

Mike Jones of the Washington Post has an update on Robert Griffin III's status, from head coach Jay Gruden:

Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington add more:

Albert Breer of reports on Griffin's status at Thursday's practice: 

Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 29

Dianna Marie Russini of NBC Sports provides an update on Robert Griffin III's status:

Albert Breer of NFL Network provides a slightly different report:

Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington has the latest on Griffin's participation at Wednesday's practice:

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Updates from Tuesday, Oct. 28

Robert Griffin III's return to the field is approaching, according to Washington head coach Jay Gruden. He discussed the quarterback's status during a Tuesday press conference, via Mike Jones of The Washington Post:

Updates from Monday, Oct. 27

Robert Griffin III is inactive for Monday's matchup vs. Dallas, the team confirmed:

After Colt McCoy led the Redskins to a thrilling 20-17 OT win, Jay Gruden updated everyone on who is the starter when RG3 returns from injury, via Zac Boyer of The Washington Times:

Prior to the game, the Redskins shared a Vine of Griffin going through warmups:

Earlier, Albert Breer of NFL Network reported on whether Griffin will play in Week 8:

Updates from Saturday, Oct. 25 

NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano provides an update on Robert Griffin III's status for Week 8:

Updates from Thursday, Oct. 23

Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington passed along what he was seeing from Washington's practice on Thursday:

Later, Jay Gruden spoke about Griffin's status for Monday's game vs. Dallas, via's Around the League:

Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 22

Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington reported on Robert Griffin III's status from Redskins practice:

After practice, Jay Gruden spoke about the quarterback's injured ankle, via Zac Boyer of the Washington Times:

The head coach discussed a timeline for a decision on Griffin and who the starter is as of Wednesday, via Boyer:

Gruden also spoke about the rest of his quarterbacks and their activity in practice, via Boyer:

Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 5 Washington reported on the chances of Griffin playing on Monday night:

Liz Clarke of the Washington Post also provided an update on when Griffin will speak to reporters 

Updates from Monday, Oct. 20

The Washington Post's Mike Jones provided a synopsis of Redskins head coach Jay Gruden discussing Robert Griffin III's recovery and his chances of playing next week:

Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan continued with more from Gruden:

Earlier, Liz Clarke of The Washington Post reported when Griffin could return to practice:

Starting quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has been sidelined since Sept. 14 by a dislocated left ankle, could be cleared to resume practicing on Wednesday, Gruden said during his post-game press conference.

Griffin is expected to be put through a rigorous workout that day that will give team officials a better sense of where he is in his recovery. To date he has joined the Redskins for pre-practice stretching, warmups, individual drills and limited handoffs with the scout team.

Gruden has said more than once that he’d like Griffin to log at least two weeks of practice before returning to the lineup. If he’s able to start that process Wednesday, that would put his return to competition at the Nov. 2 game at Minnesota. For him to return sooner, at Dallas, would be a surprise.

Updates from Sunday, Oct. 19

As expected, the Redskins announced Robert Griffin III will not play in Week 7:

Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 15 

Tom Schad of the Washington Times provides an update on Robert Griffin III's injury: 

 Coach Jay Gruden commented on how Griffin III looked in practice, and the latest timetable for his return via the Redskins Twitter account and Mike Jones of the Washington Post

Updates from Monday, Oct. 13's Rich Tandler provides an update on Robert Griffin III's status:

CSN's Rich Tandler has more detail from Jay Gruden:

“I think he’s going to start individual drills this week,” said coach Jay Gruden. “As far as actually taking practice reps I think that will be at least another week. We’ll get him out there, do some individual drills, throw some balls to balls to the wideouts. That will be the first step. Then next week we’ll try to get him maybe in some practice situations and see where he is.”

Updates from Friday, Oct. 10

Zac Boyer of The Washington Times has the latest on Griffin III's status:

Updates from Thursday, Oct. 9

Brian McNally of 106.7 The Fan passed along comments from Jay Gruden on Robert Griffin III:

Updates from Wednesday, Oct. 8

CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir reported on Robert Griffin III's status from Redskins practice:

Griffin, who has missed the past three games with a dislocated left ankle, joined the team’s rehabbing players on a side field for what appeared to be a moderately strenuous workout. Griffin made a cameo at Saturday's practice but left the field following the stretching period.

On Wednesday, though, Griffin, wearing his helmet and an ankle brace under his sock, did some running, shuffle-step drills and other agility work under the watchful eye of head athletic trainer Larry Hess.

Updates from Tuesday, Oct. 7

CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir and Zac Boyer of the Washington Times have an update on Robert Griffin III's status:

Updates from Sunday, Oct. 5

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports the latest timeline for Robert Griffin III's return to the field:

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 25

NFL Media PR provides an update on Griffin's status:

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 24

The Washington Redskins updated Robert Griffin III's status prior to Thursday's game versus New York:

Updates from Tuesday, Sept. 23

Michael Phillips of the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported on Robert Griffin III's recovery:

Jay Gruden also spoke about Griffin's job security Tuesday (via Around the League):

Updates from Sunday, Sept. 21

The Redskins confirm Robert Griffin III is on the team's inactive list for Week 3:

Updates from Thursday, Sept. 18

Will Carroll of Bleacher Report weighed in on the latest news surrounding Robert Griffin III's injured ankle:

Updates from Wednesday, Sept. 17

Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington provides an update on Robert Griffin III's recovery from Redskins head coach Jay Gruden:

Updates from Monday, Sept. 15

Jay Gruden spoke about the latest on Robert Griffin III's injured ankle during Monday's press conference (via the Redskins and NFL Around the League:

Griffin also spoke about his ankle injury on Monday after the latest diagnosis (via Rich Tandler of CSN Washington):

Griffin said that it was "positive news". He will not have to undergo surgery, a procedure that likely wold have ended his season. 

Dr. Robert Anderson is evaluating the MRI and we should have more word on Griffin's recovery timetable when coach Jay Gruden holds his news conference today at 3 p.m. 

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole shares the latest estimates about how long Griffin's injury will keep him sidelined:

Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 4 reported more on Griffin's timeline for a return:

Around the NFL passes along a report from Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network discussing Griffin's job security as the Redskins' starting quarterback:

Original Text

Robert Griffin III left his team's Week 2 contest vs. Jacksonville with what appeared to be a non-contact ankle injury. The Redskins ruled Griffin out for the remainder of the game.

Head coach Jay Gruden confirmed that Griffin dislocated his ankle following the game (via the Redskins):

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on the timetable for Griffin's return to the team:

Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk reports the injury may not be season ending: "Per a league source, an MRI will be conducted tomorrow.  The current hope is that Griffin will miss only four or five weeks."

Bleacher Report's Will Carroll was quick to weigh in on Griffin's injury:

Gruden and Griffin spoke about the injury following the game (via the Redskins):

Bleacher Report's Chris Simms also weighed in on Kirk Cousins, who replaced Griffin at quarterback:

Jeff Darlington of NFL Network shared an image of Griffin leaving on the cart after being fitted with an aircast:

The 24-year-old quarterback, who never really looked fully healthy in his return from ACL surgery last season, ended up sitting out the final three games of the 2013 season. There has been a lot of pressure surrounding him after a poor 2013 campaign, and another injury won't help his case. 

Griffin has the skill set to be one of the most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks in the league, but his propensity to leave the pocket has often left him susceptible to big hits and various injuries.  

For as long as he's sidelined, it will be Cousins' time in Washington, which should please Joe Theismann. During the preseason, the former Redskins quarterback famously endorsed the Michigan State product, via the Los Angeles Times' Chuck Schilken:

Kirk Cousins has played much better at the quarterback position than Robert Griffin III has. Now, Robert is learning to work out of a pocket. He doesn’t look as smooth or as comfortable throwing the football. I mean, your eyes will tell you everything you need to know.

Now, if there was a quarterback competition, it wouldn’t be a competition. Kirk Cousins would be the man I believe he would have to go to, because of the efficiency with which he has run [the offense].

Not everyone was quick to agree. CBS Sports' Pete Prisco and The Big Lead's Jason Lisk put it simply: 

Despite a significant decrease in production from his rookie season, Griffin actually outplayed Cousins considerably in 2013. He finished with a higher touchdown percentage, lower interception percentage and 1.5 more yards per pass attempt (h/t

Alas, for the time being, Jay Gruden and Co. will have to hand the reins over to Cousins, who will certainly bring a different dynamic to this offense than RGIII. 

Fortunately for Washington, an array of pass-catching weapons, as well as the underrated Alfred Morris in the backfield, mean the offense is still capable of moving the ball no matter which third-year QB is under center. 


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