Ravens QB Lamar Jackson headed back to the locker room to get checked for a concussion in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Atlanta. We'll update his status when we learn more. QB Robert Griffin is in for Baltimore.
Update: Jackson has been cleared to return.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) did not practice all week and is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. That leaves Baltimore with QBs Lamar Jackson and Robert Griffin. ESPN’s Jamison Hensley believes the “most likely scenario” is Jackson getting the start and Robert Griffin “mixing in for some series and special packages.” Jackson has some QB2 appeal thanks to his rushing ability and this plus matchup. But he can’t be trusted as a QB1 when he won’t play 100% of the snaps.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) missed practice again on Thursday. QB Lamar Jackson was also sidelined with an illness. That shouldn't keep him out of this weekend's game against the Bengals, but the missed practice could hurt his chances of getting the start if Flacco can't go. QB Robert Griffin took all the reps in Thursday's workout.
Ravens QB Joe Flacco (hip) did not practice on Wednesday. It's obviously not an ideal start to his week, but HC John Harbaugh has already said that Flacco could play against the Bengals this weekend without practicing. Harbaugh also hasn't said whether Lamar Jackson or Robert Griffin will start if Flacco can't. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation.
The Ravens have signed QB Robert Griffin III, according to multiple reports. Griffin's obviously not a challenge to moribund-yet-deeply entrenched starter Joe Flacco. But it's noteworthy that Baltimore picked up RG3 while Ryan Mallett remains on the open market. Mallett backed up Flacco the past 2 seasons after arriving mid-2015. He started 2 games that year and appeared in 6 total (no starts) over the past 2 seasons. It might surprise a lot of folks that Griffin only just turned 28 in February. He obviously has plenty to prove, though, before we can consider him even a dynasty bench candidate at this point -- especially with the Ravens' lackluster pass-catching corps.
The Browns have released QB Robert Griffin, saving nearly $7 million against the 2017 salary cap. RG3 didn't even make it through a game last year before breaking his left shoulder. He returned for the final 4 games but totaled just 696 passing yards with 2 TDs and 2 INTs. Since his impressive 2012 rookie campaign, Griffin has thrown 22 TDs vs. 21 INTs. He'll need to settle for a backup gig on the open market.
The Browns have released QB Josh McCown. The 37-year-old appeared in 5 games as part of Cleveland's 2016 QB carousel, completing just 54.5% of his passes with 6 TDs and 6 INTs. McCown reportedly wants to continue his playing career but will only draw interest as a veteran backup. The Browns, meanwhile, are left with QBs Robert Griffin, Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan. They'll likely add to that group via free agency and/or the draft.
Browns QB Robert Griffin (concussion) will start Sunday’s finale against the Steelers. He’s still looking for his 1st passing TD of the season and could get it against a Pittsburgh team with nothing to play for. RG3 remains just a QB2 flier.
Browns QB Robert Griffin has passed through the concussion protocol and will practice on Thursday, according to ESPN's Tony Grossi. HC Hue Jackson suggested earlier this week that he still believes RG3 might be the team's answer at QB, so we'd expect him to get the nod in Sunday's finale against the Steelers.
Browns QB Robert Griffin suffered a concussion in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Chargers. Before exiting, he completed 17 of 25 passes for 164 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs. He added another 42 yards on the ground -- but also took 7 sacks. QB Cody Kessler has replaced RG3.
Browns HC Hue Jackson announced Monday that QB Robert Griffin will start Saturday's game against the Chargers. Jackson said Griffin improved from his Week 14 performance to yesterday's. His completion rate jumped from 42.9% to 60.7%, and he didn't throw an INT. But RG3 still totaled just 196 yards with no TDs. He added 48 yards and a score on the ground and is actually sitting 9th among QBs in fantasy points with the Monday night game left to be played. But Griffin can't be trusted as more than a QB2 in Week 16 lineups.
The forecast for today's Browns-Bills game calls for a slight chance of snow but winds of 20-30 mph. That's certainly enough to impact the passing games. Hopefully you're not relying on any part of Cleveland's passing attack. Downgrade Bills QB Tyrod Taylor and WR Sammy Watkins a tad, but both are still fine fantasy starters. Expect a heavy dose of RB LeSean McCoy today.
The forecast for today's Bengals-Browns game calls for 1-3 inches of snow and winds of 10-20 mph. We start to worry about the passing games when winds get over 15 mph, so this is a slight concern. Both teams figured to go run-heavy anyway, and the weather will only push them farther in that direction.
It's official. The Browns announced Thursday that QB Robert Griffin III will start Sunday's rematch with the Bengals. It'll be Griffin's 1st game action since he suffered a fracture in his left shoulder in the season opener -- a game in which he and the Browns offense on whole struggled. It's impossible to project Griffin's impact on the rest of the offensive skill players. His mobility adds something for the Bengals' D to worry about, but Griffin has also been disturbingly susceptible to sacks and oft-erratic with his passing when we've had the chance to see him play over the past couple of years. We certainly can't count him as an upgrade over QB Cody Kessler, or a downgrade for Cincinnati's team D value in fantasy football this week.
There's a "real chance" Browns QB Robert Griffin starts Sunday's game against the Bengals, "depending on how practice goes this week," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. RG3 threw for just 190 yards with 0 TDs and 1 INT back in Week 1, although he added another 37 yards on the ground. He won't be more than a lower-end QB2 if he gets the nod vs. Cincinnati. He'd also make WR Terrelle Pryor a riskier fantasy start.
Browns QBs Robert Griffin (shoulder) and Cody Kessler (concussion) have both received full clearance. The team hasn't announced who will be under center after the Week 13 bye. With solid matchups vs. Cincinnati, Buffalo and San Diego, RG3 or Josh McCown could be options in 2-QB leagues. McCown remains the most reliable guy for Cleveland's pass-catchers.
Browns HC Hue Jackson announced Monday that QB Josh McCown will start this weekend's game against the Giants. QB Cody Kessler will be held out after suffering his 2nd concussion of the year yesterday. QB Robert Griffin, meanwhile, isn't ready to return quite yet from his shoulder injury. McCown has struggled in relief duty the past 2 weeks but did toss a pair of TDs in his 2 starts earlier this season. He's on the radar in 2-QB leagues for Week 12.
Browns QB Robert Griffin (shoulder) is "on pace" to return this season, VP Sashi Brown said. RG3 is eligible to be activated from the IR at any time now. ESPN's Josina Anderson reports that he could return to practice as early as this week. Brown wouldn't say, though, whether the team will stick with QB Cody Kessler the rest of the way or give Griffin another shot. “First we’ve got to get him healthy,” he said of RG3. “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. Cody also is playing well, so we want to give Hue the opportunity to make that decision at the time we know Robert’s an option. Until then, we’re happy with and will look to Cody to continue to push forward.” Griffin is only worth a grab-and-stash in deep 2-QB leagues.
Browns QB Robert Griffin has been placed on IR with a broken bone in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. It's possible he's designated as the team's player-to-return, but we wouldn't count on seeing RG3 again this year. QB Josh McCown takes over as Cleveland's starter and more than likely will be an upgrade. He completed 63.7% of his passes, averaged 7.2 yards per attempt and tossed 12 TDs vs. 4 INTs last year -- although that was in a different offense. McCown is especially good news for TE Gary Barnidge, who went catch-less on 2 targets in the opener.
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