Kevin Ross II
The Washington Redskins enter week one against the Miami Dolphins as a relatively healthy team. They had a myriad of devastating injuries during the preseason, but those players will not appear on the team’s official injury report as they are out for the season. The most noticeable player to appear on this week’s injury report is backup quarterback Robert Griffin III, who was given written clearance for full contact on Thursday.
As of now, it is unclear if Griffin will be active for Sunday’s competition. For now, we’ll have to wait until minutes before gametime to find out about Griffin’s availability as Head Coach Jay Gruden avoided the question like a seasoned politician during Friday’s press conference, “Well, I’m probably the only coach in the league that gets questions on their 46-man roster on a Thursday. We have until Sunday afternoon to turn in our 46-man roster and we’re going to do that with everybody.”
The general consensus circulating around media outlets is that Griffin will be inactive for Sunday, and that Colt McCoy will be Kirk Cousins’ primary backup. The standard verbiage for this rationale centers around the fact that it would be unfair to Griffin if the team rushed him back considering that he will only have 48-hours to prepare for gameday. However, this rumor might prove to be false if you take Jay Gruden at his word, “He [Robert Griffin] has been practicing. He’s been clear for non-contact drills, so he’s been out here doing everything – individual drills, some team stuff here and there. He just couldn’t do any live contact which we never do in practice anyways. There is really nothing he hasn’t been doing. He has been to all of the meetings. He has not missed anything because of this, just he’s had to wait on the written clearance. That’s all.”
It will be interesting to see if Griffin appears on the 46-man active roster on Sunday. When you deal with the Washington Redskins all things are possible.
For fantasy football participants please take note of the below injury report, in particular Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker who is probable to play. Parker was the No. 14 overall selection in this year’s draft and he may deserve some consideration on daily fantasy football leagues as he is one of the least expensive receivers available. Parker missed the majority of the preseason and played only nine snaps against Tampa Bay in his lone preseason action. However, he was impressive in his limited action against Tampa, and reports from Miami are that Parker has been dynamic in practice this week. The Dolphins now see Parker as a lock to see the field and expect him to be a legitimate weapon in Sunday’s game. When you combine Parker’s athleticism and skill with Washington’s porous secondary, the outcome might be good for owners of DeVante Parker, especially considering his purchase price.
Washington Redskins Injury Report :
QB Robert Griffin III (Concussion)
DE Frank Kearse (Shoulder)
C Kory Lichtensteiger (Finger)
T Tom Compton (Calf)
LB Jackson Jeffcoat (Thigh)
Miami Dolphins Injury Report :
RB LaMike James (Shoulder)
CB Jamar Taylor (Thigh)
T Brandan Albert (Knee)
WR DeVante Parker (Foot)
T Jason Fox (Concussion)
Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.