NFL Rumors: Browns QB Robert Griffin III To Miss Entire Season?
Robert Griffin III, the Cleveland Browns quarterback, could miss the entire 2016-17 season after suffering a shoulder injury, according to several reports.Advertisement
On Monday, the Browns announced via a statement that Griffin fractured a bone in his left shoulder and will miss a minimum of eight games in the season. However, sources close the Browns expect the quarterback to miss the entire season seeing as such several shoulder injuries require additional time of rehabilitation.
Griffin has been placed on the team’s injured reserve list. NFL rules don’t allow for a on-field return until he returns to practice in six weeks. Otherwise, he would be forced to miss a minimum of eight games.
Even though Hue Jackson, coach of the Browns, is confident about a return, he realizes that the team can’t think ahead. “No, I think he’ll be designated for IR. We’ll get an opportunity to see where he is four weeks from now and go from there,” he said when asked if Griffin was done for the season.
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Robert Griffin III doesn’t need surgery?
Typically, a fractured coracoid bone requires surgery. However, the Browns want to play it safe and re-evaluate their quarterback after three to four weeks.
If Griffin can avoid surgery, the earliest he can return is against the Baltimore Ravens on November 10.
Coach Jackson, though, doesn’t want to think that far ahead and wants veteran back-up Josh McCown to deliver in Griffin’s absence.
“Am I disappointed? Yeah, I’m disappointed for our players and for the organization and for the fans. We want to put a better product out there. I think our players want to play better, and my job is to help them play better.
“I’m disappointed in that, but I’m not discouraged by any stretch of the imagination. I’m not. As a matter of fact, I’m more determined to get this fixed and to do better and have our players play better,” said the Browns coach.
Despite the Browns’ 29-10 season opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, Jackson views his team as playoff team. “I’m more determined than ever before to get this right, because at the end of the day that’s what I came here for,” said the former offensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.