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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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From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Oct 20): Reports on Monday indicated that Griffin may practice as early as Wednesday, October 22. With Kirk Cousins benched for turnovers and Colt McCoy named the stater until Griffin returns, the team will want Griffin back in action as soon as it is safe for him to play. The team is not ruling him out for Week 8 yet but acknowledges he has long ways to go. From coach Jay Gruden: "I can't rule him out. But he's still got a long way to go. ... He's got to be 100 percent."

From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Griffin probably won't start this week on Monday night against the Cowboys, but he'll be back soon either way. His running ability and quality set of targets give him a high weekly ceiling once he's on the field, even if his floor is always very low because of the looming specter of injuries.

General News (Thu Oct 23): is unlikely to be ready to play Monday, Oct. 27, against the Dallas Cowboys, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden said that Griffin has looked great in practices the last two weeks, but cited the fact that he's rusty and hasn't had meaningful repetitions in six weeks as a factor. "First it starts with the doctors telling me he's full-go, as far as being able to take a hit and all that good stuff," Gruden said. "And then it's gonna be getting more reps, and then I've got to see him comfortable throwing the timing routes, the out routes on time with no hitch, and all the reads and all the progressions. He's going to have to get more and more reps."

General News (Wed Oct 22): and Colt McCoy hopefully will find out the starting quarterback for Week 8 by Thursday, Oct. 23, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Griffin's status for Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys will be determined by team doctors, according to Gruden. "It's up to the trainers and doctors right now, they gotta clear him, No. 1, like I said," Gruden added. "No. 2, he's got to feel good. But it's gonna be a process of how he feels tomorrow, how he feels the next day, and how he's throwing and how he's playing the position."

General News (Tue Oct 21): is expected to be put through a rigorous workout Wednesday, Oct. 22, that will give team officials a better idea of where he's at in his recovery. Griffin has already joined practices for stretching, warm-ups, individual drills and limited handoffs with the scout team. Head coach Jay Gruden has said he'd like to have Griffin log at least two weeks of practice before returning to a starting role. As of Tuesday, Griffin had not be ruled out for Week 8 against the Dallas Cowboys, but he has a long way to go in order to be ready, according to head coach Jay Gruden. Gruden said Griffin must be 100 percent in order to play.

Week 8: at Dallas Cowboys

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Colt McCoy is likely to start this game for Washington after salvaging a 'W' vs Tennessee last weekend. McCoy connected on all but one of his passes (11/12 for 128 yards, one TD and zero interceptions) and more importantly didn't throw a pick or put the ball on the turf. He was sacked twice for -8 yards. Washington will likely go with McCoy because Robert Griffin III is still rehabbing his dislocated ankle ('He's got to be 100 percent,' head coach Jay Gruden said at Monday's press conference in reference to Griffin. Gruden went on to say that McCoy will get the starter's reps in this week's practices, and be under center against the Cowboys if Griffin can't get to 100% healthy, which means that McCoy is almost surely going to start). McCoy has done stints as the starter in Cleveland during 2010/2011, and had a one-year gig as Colin Kaepernick's backup in San Francisco last season. Now, a new NFL opportunity has come calling - we'll see what the lifetime 421/715 for 4,529 yards passing, 22 TDs and 20 interceptions-thrown quarterback (with 101/362/1 rushing) can accomplish for Washington against their traditional NFC East rivals, under the glaring Monday Night Football lights - in Dallas' house, by the way. The Cowboys rank 12th in the NFL vs. opposing passers, averaging 230.4 net yards allowed per game, with 11 passing TDs given up vs. seven interceptions generated to date (tied for eighth in the NFL). They have just seven sacks this year (tied for 27th). Last week, Eli Manning threw 21/33 for 248 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions at Dallas (zero sacks taken); Russell Wilson was sacked twice vs. Dallas for zero yards lost, but only managed 14/28 for 126 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown. McCoy will likely face a stacked box and a strong pass rush this weekend - he'll have to prove he can thrown the football to beat Dallas. Given the up-and-down nature of the Dallas secondary of late, this looks like a neutral matchup from where we sit in the cheap seats.

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Latest News

Redskins | Robert Griffin limited (Fri Oct 24, 04:44 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) was limited during practice Friday, Oct. 24.

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Redskins | Robert Griffin says he won't rush (Fri Oct 24, 02:46 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) said he won't rush back to play until his ankle is fully healed. 'Itís our job to help this team win, and Iíve been there for Kirk (Cousins) and Colt (McCoy) as much as I possibly can, and being there for this team to make sure theyíre as ready as possible during this process. And it sucks that I canít get out there and play with them and help them get wins, but Iíve been listening to the doctors, listening to the trainers, listening to the coaches and weíre not going to rush my ankle,' Griffin said. The team is leaving open the possibility that Griffin will play Monday, Oct. 27, against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Redskins | Robert Griffin III decision Monday (Fri Oct 24, 01:48 PM) - A decision on if Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) will play in Week 8 will come Monday, Oct. 27, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

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Redskins | Robert Griffin III back in Week 11? (Thu Oct 23, 09:38 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) could return in Week 11, according to head coach Jay Gruden. 'I would think ó I would guarantee Tampa, most likely, unless something happens between now and then,' Gruden said Tuesday, Oct. 23. 'You've got a good bye week, you've got a couple weeks to make sure it's ready. Obviously Robert is a quick healer. He works extremely hard in the training room. So the process could be sped up a little bit depending on how he feels.'

Our View: Griffin won't be back for this week or next, making Colt McCoy a rosterable player in leagues where every starting QB is kept and has value such as QB flex and 2 QB leagues.
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Redskins | Robert Griffin limited Thursday (Thu Oct 23, 05:53 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: Just be patient here. Griffin should be back soon enough, but on Monday night we'll see Colt McCoy start for Washington.
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Schedule

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