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Robert Griffin III Injury Update: Browns QB Placed on IR, to Be Re-Evaluated

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 11, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III was placed on the injured reserve list Monday, a day after suffering a shoulder injury in the team's Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Browns head coach Hue Jackson made the announcement via a press release on the team's website:

It's very unfortunate, Robert came in and has worked extremely hard to learn our offense and earn the respect of his teammates. This is a tough loss because everyone has seen how invested he has been in this team and his dedication to the work needed to improve his craft. We all know these are the realities of the NFL, injuries occur and you have to find ways to overcome them so they don't impede your progress. Robert will do everything in his power to rehab and get healthy but Josh McCown is on this roster for a reason and we have great confidence in him.

Griffin, 26, suffered a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder that will not require surgery. He is expected to be re-evaluated in three to four weeks.

The quarterback took to Twitter after the announcement to comment on his injury:

Robert Griffin III @RGIII

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

A timetable for his return has not yet been determined. The Browns left open the possibility that Griffin will be their designated player for 2016, which would still keep him out a minimum of eight weeks. He may return to practice within six weeks, according to NFL rules.

However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was not optimistic regarding a potential Griffin return, noting Griffin may still need surgery after that evaluation.

Jason Cole of Bleacher Report reported Monday that some within the Browns have "lost faith" in Griffin and that a backup role would help the quarterback when he returns to full health:

Making his first start since signing with the Browns this offseason, Griffin completed 12 of 26 passes for 190 yards and an interception. He added 37 yards on the ground but took a number of hits inside and out of the pocket. While he did not miss a snap, Griffin was seen limping and grimacing at various points in the fourth quarter.

As noted by Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the move will have massive financial implications. Griffin's $3.2 million base salary is guaranteed as a vested veteran who was on a Week 1 roster, but he had a potential $750,000 in game bonuses and $3.5 million in potential incentives.

The Browns will now turn to Josh McCown, who threw for 2,109 yards and 12 touchdowns against four interceptions last season.

Regardless, this is just the latest crushing chapter in the career of a charismatic star who was football's most exciting player four years ago.

    

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