Washington Redskins

RG3 Update: Redskins Can Still Make Playoffs Next Season If QB Has Torn ACL

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 07: Quarterbacks Robert Griffin III #10 (L) and Kirk Cousins #12 of the Washington Redskins take the field before playing the Atlanta Falcons at FedExField on October 7, 2012 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2013

Robert Griffin III may have torn his right ACL, but he will undergo more tests after his MRI results were potentially clouded by a previous ACL tear, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN).

The rookie phenom re-aggravated his knee injury—which originally occurred on Dec. 9—twice in Sunday's loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Without a doubt, it would be horrible news if Griffin is to miss a significant portion of next season.

However, as much as it hurts to lose one of the most dangerous quarterbacks in the league, the Redskins will have a great chance of making the playoffs next season regardless of RG3's health.

First of all, the Redskins have a capable backup quarterback in Kirk Cousins. The Redskins' other rookie signal-caller was great in place of RG3 this year. After Griffin was hurt against Baltimore, Cousins completed both of his passes for 26 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a critical two-point conversion that sent the game to overtime.

In his first career start the following week, Cousins went 26-of-37 passing (70.3 percent) for 329 yards and two touchdowns. He did toss one interception, but he posted a 104.4 passer rating while leading Washington to a 38-21 win over Cleveland.

For the season, Cousins completed 33-of-48 passes for 466 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also showed the ability to scramble on occasion.

Granted, it was a very small sample size, and nobody's giving out trophies for beating the Browns. But Cousins proved he can at least keep the team afloat. And really, that's all he has to do considering Washington's other weapons.

Rookie running back Alfred Morris took the league by storm this season, racking up 1,6,13 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The Redskins also have a solid defense to help Cousins out. They aren't anywhere near the level of the Seattle Seahawks' or San Francisco 49ers' defense, but they can certainly hold their own.

Washington would obviously be in better shape with a healthy Robert Griffin III. The man became an instant legend in D.C. for a reason.

But if he misses all or most of next season, the Redskins will still be a factor in the NFC playoff race.

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