Robert Griffin III Injury: Updates on Browns QB's Shoulder and Return

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured Columnist

Cleveland Browns' Robert Griffin III throws a pass during practice at the NFL football team's veteran minicamp, Tuesday, April 19, 2016, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Dermer)
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III has not played since he suffered a shoulder injury in Week 1 against the Philadelphia Eagles. He did not need surgery but was placed on injured reserve Sept. 12. However, he is ready to play.

Continue for updates.

Griffin to Start vs. Bengals

Thursday, Dec. 8

The Browns announced on Thursday morning that Griffin will return against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 14.

Griffin Comments on Return to Practice

Monday, Dec. 5

Griffin told reporters his return turned out to be a "best-case scenario" after being told it was "highly unlikely" he would play again this season.

"Beyond blessed to have an opportunity to get back on the field with my brothers," Griffin said Nov. 29, per the Browns (h/t Daryl Ruiter of 92.3 The Fan). "I promise my teammates and coaches to give them everything I have as we work to finish the season strong."

Griffin took to Twitter on Nov. 23 to discuss his return to the practice field:

Robert Griffin III @RGIII

So thankful to be practicing with the squad again #Thankful #Blessed https://t.co/VQ2mZVPlSl

Griffin told reporters on Nov. 14 he would "have a scan in a week or two to make sure he is completely healed," adding that he wants to play before the end of the season. Griffin said he never lost hope he would be able to do so.

Griffin spoke with reporters Sept. 14, saying, "I'm going to do whatever I can to get back."

The quarterback also discussed the play that injured him, saying he was trying to get out of bounds but that it wasn't a dirty hit. "Just unfortunate," he said.

On Sept. 12, Griffin expressed his pride in the Browns via Twitter:

Robert Griffin III @RGIII

I love this team and believe in the men on it. Keep pushing @Browns #DawgPound

Latest on Griffin's Practice Status

Tuesday, Nov. 29

Ed Werder of ESPN reported Griffin has been fully cleared for contact and will practice.

Latest on Griffin's Return After Browns Adjust IR Status

Sunday, Nov. 27

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported he was told that "the Browns are hopeful [Griffin] will start for them before 2016 ends."

Rapoport noted Nov. 23 the Browns have designated Griffin as their player to return off injured reserve and that he had "21 days to practice before activation."

Brown, Jackson Comment on Griffin's Recovery, Potential Return

Tuesday, Nov. 15

"First, we've got to get him healthy," Sashi Brown, the Browns' executive vice president of football operations, said at a news conference Nov. 14. "He's in the process of going back to the docs. He looks like he's on pace to be able to come back later this year."

"He is getting closer," Browns head coach Hue Jackson said at the Nov. 14 news conference. "Until I can get him out there will I make a plan for him and know exactly what we want to do. Today would be premature to make that decision."

On Nov. 11, Jackson said Griffin is getting closer but that it was still too early to say if he'll resume playing this season, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer.

Latest on Griffin's Rehab

Friday, Nov. 11

Cabot reported Griffin was stretching prior to the Nov. 10 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens. It's the first time since he got injured that he's done so before a game.

On Nov. 11, Jackson told reporters he hoped the NFL wouldn't have a problem with Griffin throwing before games while on IR.

Griffin Won't Require Surgery

Tuesday, Oct. 18

Jeff Darlington of ESPN.com reported a four-week checkup revealed Griffin's fracture is "showing signs of healing." As long as he doesn't encounter any setbacks, no procedure will be required.

Griffin Continues to Be Hampered by Injuries

After an injury-plagued, controversial ending to his tenure with the Washington Redskins, RG3 made the leap to the Browns this past offseason and put up 190 passing yards, 37 rushing yards and an interception in Week 1.

While the Browns gave him a new lease on life in the NFL, he can't seem to get over the issues that derailed his once-promising career in Washington.

After a spectacular rookie campaign in 2012 that saw Griffin win Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and earn a trip to the Pro Bowl, he suffered a significant knee injury in the playoffs.

He was never able to reach the same level of play after that, and injuries continued to be a problem. He eventually lost his starting job to Kirk Cousins and was cut loose when Cousins proved to be a quality signal-caller.

Thanks to a medley of injuries, the Browns had turned to Josh McCown, rookie Cody Kessler, wide receiver and emergency quarterback Terrelle Pryor and Charlie Whitehurst, who has since been released.


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