Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III might not be out for the whole National Football League season.
According to the Los Angeles Times, on Monday, an MRI exam revealed that Griffin’s injury is not as serious as originally thought. Though his left ankle is dislocated, he does not have any broken bones; ruling out the possibility that he might need serious surgery.
As reported in the Inquisitr, Griffin turned his ankle during a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on September 14.
Writer Glenn Hadley explained how the injury happened.
“During their 2nd offensive possession in the game…Jacksonville linebacker Paul Posluszny was heading straight for Robert Griffin III with a diving tackle…However, Griffin was able to slip his way through that by rolling to the right. At first glance, it was a beautiful play…[but then] the starting quarterback’s left foot did not come down cleanly…[Griffin] used his right foot to throw a 19-yard pass to Jackson before falling out of bounds.”
Griffin was carried off the field and later said the injury was “excruciating.” He told the Washington Post.
“I think any time you look at your ankle and it’s in a different direction, you’re probably not going to try to get up…I was just trying to make sure I wasn’t doing any more damage to it, so I stayed there and waited for the trainers to come and help me get up and on the cart to get the X-rays.”
According to NFL News, Griffin will take between five to six weeks to recover from his injury.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) September 19, 2014
Even when Griffin returns to play, the Los Angeles Times said he will have to try hard to buck the label “injury-prone”. Griffin’s teammate Ryan Clark told the Times.
“This game, we only get to play it for such a short period of time, so, for me, it’s more just being sad for [Robert Griffin III]. The football part of it goes on. The game? The NFL ain’t never missed a play. They’re going to keep playing no matter who’s in those jerseys.”
During Griffin’s absence, Kirk Cousins has been starting quarterback for the Redskins. Whether Cousin will continue to start after Griffin’s return is a big question. Washington Post writer Mike Wise speculates that Cousins might be a better fit for the team:
“Coach Jay Gruden actually thought Kirk Cousins was better suited to his offense, that Robert Griffin III wasn’t getting it…This was the only circumstance Cousins was ever going to see the field without causing major political problems for his first-year coach…Even if he wanted to experiment with Cousins as the starter, it was going to come at such a high price for Gruden, a price including a fractured fan base, the angst of an owner banking on Griffin to be his meal ticket for a decade or more and, of course, alienating Griffin, who was rehabbing an image while simultaneously learning to play effectively in a pro-set offense before he went down.”
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