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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.

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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.'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.

Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

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-Tremblay 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.


Latest News

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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Redskins | Robert Griffin not going to IR (Mon Sep 15, 03:11 PM) - Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) will not be placed on season-ending Reserve/Injured, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Our View: This means Griffin could return later in the season. We're looking at at least a six-to-eight week absence for Griffin. By the time he returns, Kirk Cousins could be entrenched as the starter.
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Redskins | No fractures for Robert Griffin (Mon Sep 15, 12:53 PM) - 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.

Our View: Well, this is good news but it still indicates that Griffin will be out for about half the season. By the time he returns, Kirk Cousins could have the starting job locked up. Fantasy owners who took a chance on Griffin have to go in a different direction.
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Redskins | Dislocation confirmed for RGIII (Sun Sep 14, 04:51 PM) - Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) has been diagnosed with a dislocated ankle after leaving the Week 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is expected to undergo further testing Monday, Sept. 15, to determine the severity of his injury.

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Redskins | Robert Griffin dislocates ankle (Sun Sep 14, 03:30 PM) - Updating previous reports, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) suffered a dislocated ankle during the team's Week 2 game, according to a source. He will undergo tests to confirm the injury.

Our View: Griffin is almost certainly lost for at least the next 3-4 games. Kirk Cousins has played well and zeroed in on Niles Paul, who will be a hot waiver wire pickup in Week 3. Next week brings the Eagles defense, which could help Cousins build some momentum.
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