WASHINGTON — Robert Griffin III’s quest to prove he has the skill set and durability of an NFL starting quarterback may have to wait until 2017, as his shoulder injury suffered in Week 1 is likely to have ended his season.
NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeted on Sunday morning that the injury, initially believed to be of the six to eight week variety, will actually require 10-12 weeks before he could return:
While the Cleveland Browns could put Griffin III on injured reserve with a designation to return after at least eight weeks, this seems very unlikely given this development.
The Browns suited up new starter Josh McCown, 37, and Kody Kessler, 23, on Sunday. McCown was battered by the Baltimore Ravens defense and was nearly knocked out of the game with his own shoulder injury. The Browns lost 20-25.
According to Cleveland beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot, McCown gritted through the injury and expects to play against Miami in Week 3. If healthy, he will be in line to start against the Washington Redskins in Week 4.
The journeyman quarterback has two career games against the Redskins, going 1-1 with a 129.2 passer rating.
If Griffin III is indeed done for the year and the Browns tank, Cabot also believes that the team would use a high draft pick on a quarterback. This would likely spell the end of the Griffin III experiment in Cleveland as well.