Robert Griffin III was limited in practice this week, and was listed as “Questionable” on Friday’s injury report. Griffin is recovering from a grade one sprain of the LCL, which is diagnosed when an MRI reveals that a ligament was stretched or slightly torn.
Griffin III was able to complete basic football drills, run (although not at full speed), and showed generally no signs of the injury during the portion of practice that was available to the media. The coaching staff wanted Griffin to push himself, and to test the injury in practice this week. And by doing so, they believed this would help them to determine if Griffin should play against the Browns, “I have a lot of confidence in Robert,” said Kyle Shanahan. “He tells the truth and I think Robert will push himself. Robert’s not the type of guy who’s just going to show up Sunday and give it a shot. I think he’ll push himself during this week so we’ll all be able to watch him and get an idea, mainly from a medical standpoint. I think Robert’s going to be able to show us that he can move well. It’s more is his knee stable enough and can he protect himself in there and is there a risk of a further injury?”
The coaches were adamant all week that Griffin was improving day-by-day and that a decision on his availability for Sunday’s game won’t be made until game time. Kyle Shanahan elaborated further, “I’ll wait to see how he’s moving on Sunday before I decide [if he can play] because I haven’t made any final decisions yet. He’s not going full-speed out there so you never really know how healthy he is until he’s going full-speed.”
Judging from previous injury reports, players listed as “Questionable” play more times than not for the Redskins. Trent Williams and London Fletcher have been listed as questionable for the last several weeks, and have both not missed a game. The evidence points toward Robert Griffin seeing the field on Sunday, unless he has a setback over the weekend. Coach Mike Shanahan and the medical staff will evaluate Griffin on Sunday morning, and won’t make a final decision until about one hour before kickoff, when the Inactive Report is released. If Griffin is not cleared by the medical staff, backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will get the start.
Cousins orchestrated a comeback win against the Baltimore Ravens last week, and has the confidence of his teammates and organization. Yesterday Fox NFL insider Jay Glazer reported that Griffin has only participated in individual drills in practice, and that Kirk Cousins has taken the snaps with the first team offense. Glazer cited Redskins players as the source for his information, although he didn’t directly name any players. If the report is true, it would appear as if Cousins might have a higher probability of starting, than what was originally anticipated.
“We felt like we got a diamond in the rough in being able to get Kirk in the fourth round.” –Mike Shanahan
The Washington Redskins Injury Report
Questionable: (LB) London Fletcher – Ankle; (QB) Robert Griffin III – Knee; (LT) Trent Williams – Knee
Probable: (DT) Chris Baker – Wrist; (CB) Richard Crawford – Knee; (WR) Pierre Garcon – Foot; (LB) Ryan Kerrigan – Ankle; (RB) Alfred Morris – Illness; (CB) Josh Wilson – Shoulder
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.