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QB Robert Griffin III - Washington Redskins

6-2, 223Born: 2-12-1990College: BaylorDrafted: Round 1, pick 2

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Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) isn't dealing with a fractured ankle, according to an MRI exam, and he doesn't think surgery is necessary. The best-case scenario for Griffin to recover from the injury is six to eight weeks, according to several surgeons.

He is listed as out on this week's official injury report.

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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Sun Sep 14): Griffin suffered a dislocated/possibly broken left ankle during the game on Sunday, and was carted off the field with his leg in an air cast. He is out indefinitely, and depending on the diagnosis after further evaluations he may well be out for the season. An MRI is scheduled for Monday and a reliable time frame will only be available after that test is analyzed. The MRI revealed no break in the ankle, which means that Griffin could potentially start practicing again in 4-5 weeks. NFL.com's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported, "Jay Gruden confirms RGIII has no fracture. "We'll know in a few more weeks to know how long he'll be out." In cast for few weeks, then rehab".

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 15): Griffin is out for at least a month with a dislocated ankle, but early signs are that it won't be much longer. He probably isn't worth holding in typical redraft leagues because it is possible that he won't get his job back if Kirk Cousins plays well.

General News (Fri Sep 19): is out for this weekend's game.

General News (Wed Sep 17): is out for this weekend's game. Griffin will wear a cast on his dislocated ankle for 10 days and then will be reevaluated after the cast it taken off. After that, he'll likely spend four to six weeks rehabbing. That puts Griffin's possible return at six to eight weeks. Kirk Cousins will continue to start in place of Griffin in the meantime.

General News (Tue Sep 16): suffered a dislocated ankle in the team's Week 2 game. He will not be placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured, according to head coach Jay Gruden. This means Griffin could return later in the season.

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Robert Griffin III is out for 4-8 weeks due to a dislocated (but not fractured) ankle, so the Washington offense belongs to Kirk Cousins now. He looked good off the bench last week (22/33 for 250 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown), but Cousins has had problems previously once he becomes officially 'the Man' at quarterback. We'll see how he responds to his elevation as starter this time around, under new offensive coordinator Sean McVay. The Eagles' pass D is ranked 11th so far this year in terms of yards allowed (207.0), but they have coughed up five passing scores in two games vs. one interception generated. Andrew Luck was not sacked last week on the way to 20/34 for 172 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown. Cousins had a hot start to his tenure as starting quarterback. Against the so-so Eagles, this looks like a neutral matchup at Lincoln Financial Field.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
1 at HOU 29 37 267 0 0 3 2 0 1
2 vs JAX 2 3 38 0 0 2 22 0 0
3 at PHI PROJ-Dodds 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Tremblay 0 0 * * * 0 * * *
3 at PHI PROJ-Bloom 0 0 * * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs HOU (29 / 37 / 267 / 0 / 0 pass, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)

Robert Griffin III likely wants to forget his first game of the 2014 season. The concern about his preseason play appears to have carried over to the regular season after Griffin led his team to a sloppy loss against the Texans. Griffin was harassed all day by the Texans fast defense, getting sacked three times and hit many more enroute to a 17-6 Redskins loss. The Washington offense sputtered early, posting three-and-outs on their first two drives and setting the tone for the rest of the game. Griffin's first sack came off play-action roll out pass. Griffin held the ball too long while waiting for a play to develop downfield and was unable to evade the blitzing D.J. Swearinger. Griffin's second sack came off a safety and mike blitz while Griffin was lined up with two backs in the shotgun. He backpedaled 10 yards before his protection collapsed around him and he was brought down hard onto his back. The protection calls left the blitzing Cushing and Swearinger completely unblocked. What should have been his third sack came in the hurry-up offense to end the half. Griffin froze in a tight pocket and was unable to move away from pressure or pull the trigger. He had multiple options open on the play but appeared to not see them down the field before being dragged down by Whitney Mercilus. However, Griffin was saved by an illegal contact penalty. Griffin looked at his worst during the two minute drill at the end of the first half when he was called for an intentional grounding penalty while almost being sacked by JJ Watt. Griffin had a nice pocket to step up in, but instead turned and ran backwards 10 yards, allowing a rushing Watt to get off his man and run straight at a very unelusive Griffin, who flung the ball away as he was falling to the turf. Griffin showed his lack of development as a pocket passer by running into the pressure rather than moving away from it by stepping forward. Griffin gave up a critical sack while trailing by eight points in the fourth quarter. He stood like a statue in a relatively clean pocket while Watt wheeled around the end. Griffin could have easily stepped up in the pocket to evade the sack. Griffin's worst mistake of the evening came on a botched handoff to Morris in the red zone, resulting in a fumble that was recovered by JJ Watt. Griffin appeared to get caught up in his own feet on the play. The critical turnover occurred at the Texans seven yard line early in the third quarter with the Redskins trailing 14 -6 after a nice Washington drive anchored by strong running from Morris and Helu. Griffin rarely challenged downfield, but when he did his supporting cast failed to help him out. He almost completed a long pass down the sideline to a wide open Andre Roberts, but the receiver's foot barely grazed the paint on the catch. Griffin showed off his arm strength late in the fourth quarter on a bomb to a single covered Garcon, but the receiver was unable to outplay his man for the ball. During the final comeback attempt of the game, Griffin's two minute drill saw the young QB off-balance and heaving desperation passes off his back foot to no one in particular. The drive mercifully ended on a failed fourth down conversion where Griffin barely avoided another sack with a desperation shovel pass to Roy Helu as he was being dragged down

2014 Week 2 vs JAX (2 / 3 / 38 / 0 / 0 pass, 2 / 22 / 0 rush)

Robert Griffin III looked like he was ready to put his underwhelming regular season debut behind him before exiting the game midway through the first quarter with a gruesome ankle injury. Griffin started off the game with good rhythm on his throws and more juice in his legs, executing a nice bootleg to the right side for 12 yards before sliding between four Jaguars defenders on his first play of the game. He followed the run up with a bomb to Desean Jackson deep down the left sideline on a beautiful bucket throw between two Jaguars defenders, but Jackson had the ball jarred loose as he fell to the ground. Griffin looked comfortable taking the ball from center and pump faking to his right before unleashing the throw to the streaking receiver. Griffin wasn't perfect to start the game. He took a bad sack on 3rd and 9 that killed Washington's first drive, showing that his slow-to-develop pocket awareness is still an issue. On the sack, Griffin had pressure collapsing the pocket around him, but stood like a statue as DE Ryan Davis turned the corner around T Tyler Polumbus and buried him for a nine yard loss. Griffin injured his ankle on a play action bootleg where he rolled to the right sideline waiting for Desean Jackson to break free. Griffin left his feet on a leaping completion up the field, but appeared to at the very least dislocate his left ankle as he hopped out of reach of a pursuing Jaguars defender.

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Latest News

Redskins | Robert Griffin will miss Week 3 (Fri Sep 19, 03:14 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 19, and has been ruled out for Week 3.

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Redskins | Kirk Cousins a pocket passer (Fri Sep 19, 12:43 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins is more of a pocket passer than QB Robert Griffin III, and Cousins sees the field better. Cousins kept the team out of danger in Week 2 by quickly throwing the ball at a receiver's feet with a rusher in his face instead of trying to force the ball downfield like Griffin has frequently done. Cousins may not be as dangerous as Griffin in zone-read plays, but Cousins has shown he can make good, quick decisions in the pocket after going through his progressions quickly.

Our View: The question of whether Cousins can play well enough to give Jay Gruden pause before re-installing Griffin as the starter will be one of the most compelling of the first half of the season. The first big chapter comes this week at Philadelphia.
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Redskins | Robert Griffin could return in eight weeks (Wed Sep 17, 05:11 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) could return around eight weeks after head coach Jon Gruden said Griffin will be in a cast for the next 10 days. After that, he'll likely spend four to six weeks rehabbing his dislocated left ankle. QB Kirk Cousins will continue to start in place of Griffin in the meantime.

Our View: Awesome...his season isn't over, but does Griffin come back as the starter? Simply put, Cousins is a better fit for the Jay Gruden system and if he performs well he could hang onto the starting job even when Griffin is healthy.
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Redskins | Robert Griffin will wear cast (Wed Sep 17, 02:50 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) will wear a cast on his dislocated ankle for 10 days and then will be reevaluated after the cast it taken off.

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Redskins | Kirk Cousins better suited for offense? (Mon Sep 15, 05:09 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins has the skill set suited for what head coach Jay Gruden wants to do with the offense, according to a person with knowledge of Gruden's thinking. Gruden thinks Cousins can succeed in the offense better than QB Robert Griffin III (ankle), but Gruden understood it would have been impossible to make a quarterback change without Griffin being injured. Gruden was having a hard time getting Griffin to grasp the drop-back passing system the last few months.

Our View: Cousins is a lot like Gruden's former quarterback, Bengals starter Andy Dalton. Both are accurate with weaker arms, but they both have the willingness to challenge the edges of the defense. Griffin is going to be out for some time, so Cousins could essentially cement himself as the starter if he plays well.
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Schedule

3@ Philadelphia Eagles
4vs New York Giants
5vs Seattle Seahawks
6@ Arizona Cardinals
7vs Tennessee Titans
8@ Dallas Cowboys
9@ Minnesota Vikings
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12@ San Francisco 49ers
13@ Indianapolis Colts
14vs St. Louis Rams
15@ New York Giants
16vs Philadelphia Eagles
17vs Dallas Cowboys