Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III thinks he will be able to play next week after sustaining a mild concussion in Sunday’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Griffin took a vicious shoulder-to-helmet hit from linebacker Sean Weatherspoon while attempting to slide at the Atlanta 5 yard line.
“It was just one of those bang-bang plays,” Weatherspoon said. “He got outside, kept going, and it happened so fast when we hit each other. Unfortunately, he went out of the game, but hopefully he’s doing good.”
Griffin was taken to the locker room where he was evaluated by an independent neurologist who diagnosed him with a mild concussion.
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At the time, Griffin did not know the score or what quarter the game was in.
The NFL has established a strict protocol players must follow before being cleared to return from a concussion. The quarterback will continue to undergo evaluations this week.
Head coach Mike Shanahan did not say whether he thought Griffin would be on the field next week.
“He’ll have to go through a number of tests before he’s cleared – just very similar to what happened with Aldrick Robinson last week,” Shanahan said. “We’ll find out as time goes by and see how he does on those tests.”
Thank you for all the prayers & support I'm ok and I think after all the testing I will play next week.—
Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 07, 2012
Robinson was knocked unconscious in a freak end zone collision with safety Brandon Meriweather during pre-game warmups in Tampa Bay. The wide receiver was cleared to play and caught one pass against the Falcons.
The Redskins are in the midst of an eight-game home losing streak. Their last win at FedEx Field came on Sept. 18, 2011 when they upended the Arizona Cardinals 22-21.
Washington hosts the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday.