Robert Griffin III Injury: Updates on Redskins QB's Head

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIOctober 7, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 07: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins lays on the field after taking a hard hit against the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter at FedExField on October 7, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. He left the game after the hit. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Athletic quarterbacks, like the Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III, have a tendency of trying to do too much outside the pocket. Sunday was just another prime example of that. 

UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 p.m. ET by Tim Daniels

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin made it through practice without any setbacks as he attempts to return after suffering a mild concussion in last week's game, according to Rich Campbell of the Washington Times.

Shanahan on RG3: "Didn't look like there was any setback. He looked fine." A couple less plays than normal. #Redskins

— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) October 11, 2012

It would appear the dynamic rookie is on track to play on Sunday. He will continue to get monitored closely for any potential setbacks, however.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Oct. 11 at 12:40 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

While there remains no guarantee that RG3 will play this week, the quarterback continues to advance in his recovery from a concussion this week without any setbacks. Rich Campbell of The Washington Times has the latest update:

RG3 is expected to practice Thursday, team says. Still no concussion setbacks. #Redskins

— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) October 11, 2012

While I might keep RG3 sidelined this week if I were the Redskins to protect my young superstar, it looks like he's going to play. Fantasy owners should be prepared to start him if he plays.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 3:25 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is continuing to make progress in his recovery from a concussion suffered against the Atlanta Falcons. 

The team's Twitter released  the following comments from the QB.

#Redskins QB @rgiii says he "felt sharp, felt good, no symptoms of a concussion" in practice today.

— Redskins (@Redskins) October 10, 2012

Griffin III said he had no bad symptoms after he left the locker room on Sunday evening. Just relaxed and watched TV post game.

— Redskins (@Redskins) October 10, 2012

Griffin III said he has to learn to protect his health. "I can't do that to my team, my fans or my family. I need to keep myself safe."

— Redskins (@Redskins) October 10, 2012

CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir also added that Griffin is completely confident in his ability to play this Sunday.  

.@rgiii said there's no doubt in his mind that he'll play Sunday. Acknowledges that doctors will make decision, though. #RedskinsTalk

— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) October 10, 2012

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 12:08 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Although his status for Sunday's game is still uncertain, Robert Griffin III (concussion) is making progress. Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN has the latest:

Mike Shanahan confirms RG3 will practice today, take concussion test again afterward. Won't know until after Friday's practice if he plays.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 10, 2012


UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7:54 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to Chick Hernandez of Comcast SportsNet (via, Griffin III will practice on Wednesday.

The report states that "Citing a team source, Hernandez said that Griffin passed cardio and agility tests today. That, along with some baseline tests and clearance by an independent neurologist, were what he needed to be able to practice on Wednesday."

Also, according to Hernandez, Griffin III will be evaluated after each practice.


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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 8 at 3:10 p.m. ET by Adam Wells

Griffin is going to be closely monitored this week as he undergoes treatment for a concussion, but if all goes well, he will be back under center on Sunday. 

Head coach Mike Shanahan held his weekly press conference on Monday, stating that if anything goes wrong with Griffin this week, don't look for him to be on the field (via Redskins' Twitter).

Shanahan says if Griffin III experiences "any setbacks at all, chances are good he will not play." Team will take him along cautiously.

— Redskins (@Redskins) October 8, 2012

Shanahan also talked about backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, though he wouldn't take the bait when asked about whether or not the rookie would start. 

Shanahan does not name Cousins the starter if Griffin III can't go, but says he has a lot of confidence in both QB's.

— Redskins (@Redskins) October 8, 2012

Head injuries are a tricky thing. You may think you have a good handle on it, then the smallest thing is off and you are out. The Redskins have time to figure out what will happen, but they will be waiting with baited breath. 

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UPDATE: Monday, Oct. 8 at 12:55 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Good news for Redskins fans and fantasy owners as RG3 appears to be doing better almost 24 hours removed from his mild concussion suffered against the Atlanta Falcons. The Washington Times' Rich Campbell has the latest: 

"Concussed quarterback Robert Griffin III "appears to be doing well," according to backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who saw Griffin at the Redskins' rookies' mandatory Monday meeting.

'He seems fine,' Cousins said Monday afternoon. 'He seems in good spirits. He appears to be doing well.'"

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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:10 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Robert Griffin III is confident that he will not miss any time after taking a blow to the head in the Redskins' game against the Atlanta Falcons. 

He felt sure enough about his ability to play next week that he bypassed the media and took to Twitter himself to announce his status. 

Thank you for all the prayers & supportI'm ok and I think after all the testing I will play next week.

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 7, 2012

While this does not officially mean he will be in the lineup for the team's Week 6 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings, it is certainly good news. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 7, at 4:27 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

According to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C., Redskins' head coach Mike Shanahan says that Griffin had a mild concussion.

Mike Shanahan: Robert Griffin had a mild concussion. He didn't know the score of the game or the quarter, so he wasn't permitted to return.

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 7, 2012

Concussions have been a major issue in the NFL in recent years and rightfully so. Typical protocol suggested that Griffin was clearly not healthy enough to re-enter the game after not knowing details about the game. 

Cousins threw two interceptions after replacing Griffin in a Redskins 24-17 loss to the Falcons.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3:30 p.m. ET by Justin Welton

The Washington Examiner's John Keim is reporting that Griffin is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Atlanta:

RG3 questionable to return. officially said he was "shaken up"

— John Keim (@john_keim) October 7, 2012

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins has great upside, but the rookie signal-caller will be under a lot of pressure. 

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According to the NFL Network's Michael Fabiano, Redskins' franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III was taken to the locker room with a head injury after escaping the pocket. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will receive his first crucial minutes of his career.

RG3 going into the locker room. Kirk Cousins is warming up...

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) October 7, 2012

Griffin left with an apparent head injury after a big hit from Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

Jennifer Hale of NFL on Fox is reporting that Griffin went to the main locker room following his concussion tests.

RGIII now headed for #Redskins main locker room, looking disappointed after concussion tests. @nflonfox

— Jennifer Hale (@JenHale504) October 7, 2012

Griffin was 10-of-15 for 91 yards before leaving the game, but the Redskins currently hold a 17-14 lead in the fourth quarter.