Robert Griffin III Injury Updates

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 has a "potentially serious" shoulder injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. RG3 downplayed the issue after the game, but it sounds like there's a chance he misses time. He's undergoing additional testing today, so we should get another update soon. QB Josh McCown would step in if Griffin is sidelined and might be an upgrade for the offense.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact work.  That allowed him to participate in Sunday's practice, just 3 days after suffering the head injury.  He still needs to clear the final stage of the concussion protocol, but RG3 is currently on pace to be ready for Washington's 3rd preseason game.  HC Jay Gruden remained committed to Griffin as his starting QB after Thursday's debacle, but he needs a betters showing this coming Saturday.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin left in the 2nd quarter of Thursday's preseason game.  He headed back to the locker room to be evaluated for a shoulder injury and possible concussion.  RG3 was obliterated by the Lions defense in his limited action, taking 3 sacks and getting hit 3 other times.  He looked hesitant in the pocket, but the majority of the blame goes to an offensive line that was whipped.  We'll update Griffin's status when we learn more.

An anonymous offensive coach told ESPN's Mike Sando that Redskins QB Robert Griffin is "done."  The coach explained, "The [knee] injury slowed his legs, and his ego will not allow him to hit rock bottom and actually grind his way back up the right way."  There's been some positive buzz on RG3 this offseason, but a collection of 35 NFL coaches and executives isn't buying it.  It ranked Griffin 28th among the league's 32 starting QBs -- ahead of only Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer, Matt Cassel and Geno Smith.  We're still not throwing in the towel on RG3 as a fantasy option because of his rushing ability, even if it is diminished.  Plus, it only costs a late-round pick to take a shot on him.  But it's plenty possibility that he busts again in 2015 and eventually flames out of the league.

Washington HC Jay Gruden said today that QB Robert Griffin III will start Saturday's game against the Eagles. Colt McCoy is expected to miss the game because of the neck injury that knocked him out of Week 15's loss to the Giants. Griffin took 7 sacks and lost a key fumble after taking over for McCoy but also threw for 236 yards and a TD and ran for a season-high 46 yards. You'd have to be in bad shape to use RG3 in a season-long fantasy lineup next weekend, but his matchup with the Eagles could mean some sneaky value in tournaments on daily fantasy sports sites.

The Tampa Bay defense could be without CB Alterraun Verner and DE Michael Johnson again in Week 11. Verner is questionable after putting in 3 limited practices this week with the hamstring injury that cost him Week 10. We'll keep an eye on his game status, but Verner will make for a risky IDP play even if he starts. Johnson also missed Week 10 but seems likely to return Sunday after putting in full practices Thursday and Friday this week. The Tampa team D isn't worth a fantasy look no matter who's in or out. Missing Verner would only further enhance an already positive passing matchup for Washington QB Robert Griffin and his WRs.

Washington QB Robert Griffin left in the middle of the 1st quarter Sunday after suffering a left leg injury.  RG3 went down awkwardly on the sideline after making a scrambling completion to WR DeSean Jackson.  He went to the locker room on a cart, with a cast on his leg and seemingly fighting back tears.  Kirk Cousins took over and threw a TD pass to FB Darrel Young a few plays later.

Update: The injury is reportedly to his left ankle, which bent awkwardly near the end of the play as he went out of bounds.  Washington has ruled Griffin out for the rest of the day.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin took a big hit and made a couple awkward slides in Monday night's preseason game against the Browns.  The team wants him to do a better job protecting himself.  "It's something we have to continue to talk to him about — how important he is to this team and this franchise. When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself," HC Jay Gruden said. "He's had a habit in his career of being able to get himself out of those predicaments with his speed and his athleticism. But here it's a 16-game season, with the great talent across the league in the NFL, (and) he's got to pick his shots and learn how to get down a little bit better."  Injury is the biggest concern for RG3.  QB is so deep, though, that you can easily protect yourself if you roll with him as your starter.  When he's on the field, Griffin has clear top-5 upside.

Redskins OC Sean McVay is convinced that QB Robert Griffin has recaptured his pre-injury form.  “I don’t think there’s any question: he looks explosive,” McVay said. “He looks like he is exactly what he was in the 2012 season. I think people underestimate when you have a brace on your knee how much that truly restricts you….So I think being able to take that off, he looks extremely explosive."  We've heard nothing but positive reports on RG3 this offseason.  We're just hoping his ADP stays in the 7th round.  There's clear top-5 potential here.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin has spent time this offseason working on his mechanics with QB guru Terry Shea.  RG3's footwork and release point were off last year, likely as a result of those 2012 knee injuries.  He suffered big drops in his completion rate, yards-per-attempt average and TD-to-INT ratio.  "He looked 100% healthy," Shea said. "I didn't let up on him and, boy, he kept coming — and he reminded me of the old Robert Griffin that I knew coming out of Baylor for those eight-10 weeks we worked together in 2012.  He could have very easily lost it given the year he had. I put him through a gantlet of drills. And Robert made all the throws, showing great skills. It sure appeared to me that he took that next step as a pocket passer."  Another year removed from the knee injuries and with WR DeSean Jackson now at his disposal, Griffin is a prime bounce-back candidate in 2014.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin has already spent some time throwing to his receivers this offseason, something he was unable to do at this time last year as he rehabbed his knee injury.  Former QBs coach Matt LaFleur expects the healthy offseason to pay big dividends for RG3 in 2014.  “Everybody will see a big jump in his game and he’ll look more like he did in Year 1 than in Year 2,” LaFleur said. “He’ll be able to recognize and play the position faster.”  Per Pro Football Talk, Griffin is expected to shed the knee brace he wore all last season.  Durability will remain an issue until he learns how to take fewer hits, but we're fully expecting Griffin to be more productive while on the field this coming season than he was last.  RG3 averaged 21 fantasy points per game in 2013 after ripping off 24.2 in 2012.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is "open" to being traded.  Duh.  The 'Skins  have publicly committed to Robert Griffin as their starting QB.  So unless the 25-year-old Cousins wants to continue holding a clipboard, he'll need to get out of Washington.  The question, of course, is whether the Redskins are willing to trade Cousins.  They need a quality backup behind the injury-prone RG3.  We'd ultimately bet on Cousins sticking around in Washington at least for 2014.  He won't hit the free-agent market until 2016.

On his 1st day as Redskins HC, Jay Gruden put to bed any ideas of a QB controversy.  "Robert Griffin III is the starter," Gruden said. "There will be no competition."  So that's 1 less question we need to answer about Griffin's 2014 fantasy outlook.  We're curious to see what type of offense Gruden installs, whether it takes advantage of Griffin's strengths and how long it takes him to get comfortable in it.  We'll also see if Washington puts QB Kirk Cousins on the trade block.  They'd be wise to keep a capable backup behind an injury-prone starter.  And Cousins hurt his trade value by completing just 47% of his passes with 1 TD and 3 INTs over the last 2 weeks of the season.

Redskins HC Mike Shanahan refused to commit to QB Robert Griffin as his Week 15 starter after Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.  "We'll talk about that later," Shanahan said. "That's with anybody in any position. We'll look at injuries, we'll look at where we are and what direction we're going."  Griffin completed just 12 of 26 passes for 164 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT before being yanked for QB Kirk Cousins in the 4th quarter.  That decision likely had as much to do with the score as RG3's play.  We're fully expecting to see him back under center next weekend.  He'll be a risk/reward fantasy opyion in a plus matchup against the Falcons.

A pair of NFL personnel men told NFL Network's Albert Breer that they believe Redskins QB Robert Griffin's knee injury is the biggest reason for his regression this season.  "The way I see it, I don’t think RG3 is healthy," 1 scout said.  "I don’t think he has the same burst, the same acceleration, so you’re not seeing as much running, because he’s not healthy. That plays mentally as well, when he has to stand in the pocket and make throws. He’s wanting to be a playmaker, and he’s pressing, and trying to do too much."  The other scout added, "Part of the deal on RG3 is the injury, and not playing in preseason. And that set him back."  Griffin's numbers -- both passing and rushing -- are down across the board from 2012.  He currently sits 11th in fantasy points among QBs after ranking 5th in points per game last year.  Whether or not RG3 will bounce back in 2014 figures to be 1 of the biggest fantasy debates of the offseason.

Redskins QB Robert Griffin (knee) put in a full practice on Wednesday.  It's more confirmation that last weekend's knee injury won't be an issue going forward.  RG3 is safe to get into Week 9 fantasy lineups against San Diego's 31st-ranked QB defense.

Washington HC Mike Shanahan told reporters Monday that QB Robert Griffin's knee is "fine."  “According to doctors, it’s a little bit sore right now," he said, per CSN Washington. "He’s going to have a little bit more rehab this week, which is typical of a quarterback or any other player who has something hurt. But they feel he’s fine and he’ll be ready to go on Wednesday.”  That would certainly put Griffin on track to play in Week 9, which matches up with the post-game prognosis that the injury wasn't serious.  Of course, even a mild knee issue doesn't help a QB who struggled against Denver before the injury and has endured -- at best -- an inconsistent 1st half to the year.  Check back Wednesday afternoon to see where Griffin sits in our Week 9 QB rankings.

Redskins HC Mike Shanahan confirmed that QB Robert Griffin was held out of the end of Sunday's game "because of the score."  RG3 tweaked his left knee, was examined by trainers on the sideline and wanted to re-enter.  The outcome was decided by that point, though, so Washington didn't want to risk throwing its QB back on the field.  Dr. James Andrews told NFL Network that Griffin is "ok."  It's unclear if he'll even undergo an MRI tomorrow. Griffin should be fine for next weekend's game against the Chargers.


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