The Cleveland Browns need all the help they can get, and Hue Jackson knows it. A bit of good news came their way with reports that Robert Griffin III has been medically cleared.
While it should be a huge sigh of relief, the question now is whether Cleveland Browns’ Hue Jackson will play RG3. Apparently the embattled coach is concerned about RG3’s long-term health and team chemistry. Looking at the team’s performance, what could go worse?
Medically cleared but can RG3 blend in?
Getting medical clearance gave Robert Griffin III the green light to rejoin the Browns in full practice. The Browns drew a bye this week and will face the Cincinnati Bengals next. Griffin has been out since suffering a broken bone on his left shoulder when the Browns dropped the season-opener to the Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland reported.
With the time allowance, Jackson is expected to assess the status of RG3 before making a final decision of reinstating him as starting quarterback, WKYC reported. All that may only be known by next week.
“He has been doing football. We all know that. It was just this was the other piece of it to make sure physically that the contact part would be okay. And now, we found that out, so that is good. That is a good thing,” Jackson said.
Avoiding a shameful NFL season
Before word came out that Robert Griffin III has been cleared to return, the Browns were already pressed to a corner. With a looming winless season, Cleveland stands to become only the second team to finish an NFL season with no win to show. The first one to do it were the Detroit Lions back in 2008.
Jackson is aware, though, that they have four tries to score a win. With a big hole in the quarterback position, RG3 may (or may not) help. But given the plight of the Browns right now, fielding in RG3 could work.