ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) – The future is looking a little less hazy for Redskins Robert Griffin III just one day after the franchise quarterback suffered a mild concussion.
Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin III sustained a mild concussion during Sunday’s 24-17 loss to the Falcons when he dove into a helmet-to-helmet hit by Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.
He says he is on pace to play this weekend against the Vikings but if he suffers “any setbacks at all,” he will not be permitted to take the field.
“He’s feeling good,”Shanahan said. “No dizziness, no headaches, no vomiting.”
He added that Robert Griffin III looks good now, but he’s not sure if it will stay that way and the team will continue to monitor him closely throughout the week.
After the loss, Shanahan said his starting quarterback didn’t know the score or the quarter, which prevented him from returning to the game.
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has been heavily scrutinized over how many times RGIII has carried the ball, with critics suggesting he needs to emphasize him staying in the pocket more often and sliding when he does turn the ball upfield.
RGIII has held onto the ball 42 times through five games this season, for a total of 241 yards, resulting in 4 rushing touchdowns.
Mike Shanahan seems to think his starting quarterback may have learned a valuable lesson about putting himself in harm’s way.
“Any time you get hit like that in the NFL,” Shanahan said, “they slide a little bit sooner in plays to come … protect themselves a little more.”