Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III made a premature exit from his team’s game on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons when he was injured during a scramble in the third quarter.
On the play, RG3, the number two overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft, suffered a mild concussion when he took a shot to the helmet while attempting to score during a third-and-goal from the 3-yard-line.
Following the hit, which came around 10 minutes into the second half, Griffin left the field and did not return. CBS Sports notes he also was treated for a cut on his chin. Said Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan:
“He wasn’t sure what quarter it was in the third quarter. So at that time, when he wasn’t really sure what the score was, what the quarter was, we knew he had a mild concussion — at least according to the doctors.”
In RGIII’s absence, Kirk Cousins, a fourth-round pick from Michigan State making his NFL debut, took over as QB but was unable to lead Washington to a victory as the Falcons won 24-17, handing the Redskins their eighth consecutive home loss.
Shortly after the game, Griffin took to Twitter to update his fans on his injury status:
“I’m ok and I think after all the testing I will play next week.”
ESPN notes RG3 will have to go through the NFL’s return-to-play protocol before he is cleared to practice. He is also not allowed to speak to reporters until he is symptom-free.
On the season, RG3 has gone for over 1,000 yards and four touchdowns and has a passer rating of 103.2 to go along with more than 230 yards rushing and four rushing TDs.
ESPN’s Eric Allen has more on Robert Griffin III’s injury in the video below: