WASHINGTON — Robert Griffin III has a new team, a new love interest, and a new lease on life in Cleveland, but remains haunted by an inability to protect himself.
In his first regular season game with the Browns, Griffin III used his legs to pick up yards late in the fourth quarter. Eluding two defenders, he reached the sideline and attempted to get out of bounds.
He did not make it:
The hit was one of several wallops he sustained on the day. The injury was called a shoulder sprain to his throwing arm, but he returned briefly in the team’s final drive. But the road gets no easier from here, for Griffin III or the Browns:
Here is a rundown of the other notable injuries around the league for Week 1:
Chargers WR Keenan Allen: This injury doesn’t look good for Allen and the Bolts, after he was carted off the field, in obvious pain, following a non-contact injury. While it is too early to speculate, he was ruled out for the remainder of the game and could be looking at a serious ligament injury.
Texans LB Brian Cushing: The prognosis is already known for Cushing, who reportedly tore his MCL in the first quarter and will miss six weeks:
Falcons WR Julio Jones: While this might hamper the speedy receiver if it lingers, Jones classified the injury as a simple tweak of his left ankle.
Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick: Not much is yet known of Scandrick’s injury, but he left the game and has not returned:
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas: Injured in the NFL opener on Thursday, Thomas is seeking a second opinion on an injured hip. Suffered in the first quarter, the injury initially caused Thomas to leave the game, then return, but the pain led to an MRI on Friday:
Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin: The team evaluated Maclin for a concussion in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, but caoch Andy Reid announced after the game that Maclin had passed.
Packers CB Sam Shields: Shield initiated a monster collision with Jacksonville running back T.J. Yeldon during the final drive of Sunday’s game, causing him to leave to enter the NFL’s concussion protocol. Nothing else is yet known.
Dolphins DE Mario Williams: The defensive end was evaluated for a concussion in the second half on Sunday. This could land him in the NFL concussion protocol and off the field.
Eagles CB Leodis McKelvin: In his first game for the Eagles since coming over from Buffalo, McKelvin suffered a hamstring injury, the extent of which is not yet known.