Anyone watching last Thursday’s Redskins win over the Lions saw that QB Robert Griffin III took a number of big hits. In fact, Griffin was blasted on six of his eight drop backs, an absurd number for a team trying to get its starting offense preseason work. The factors involved seem obvious: a new right side of the offensive line with basically no NFL experience, and a journeyman left tackle injury replacement that is not a starting caliber player. Add the O-line woes to an aggressive Detroit front, and there is a bad recipe for RG3. Combine that with Griffin’s struggles in the pocket, and an injury seems almost predetermined. What is known is Griffin got hurt. What remains a mystery is when, and specifically what play, saw Griffin concussed. “I don’t know. Can’t tell you,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said when asked what play resulted in RG3’s concussion. More from the coach: “The concussion, whether it is a concussion, whether it is not a concussion, it is up to the doctor to decide whether he thinks it is or not. Sometimes a player says he doesn’t have one, but if he is showing signs of a concussion then the doctor will recommend that he go sees a doctor. That’s basically what has happened.”
Robert Griffin III returned to practice Sunday, three days after the Washington quarterback left the Redskins’ exhibition game against the Detroit Lions because of a concussion. Griffin fully participated in individual, 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 drills during the approximately 2-hour session at Redskins Park. ”He was cleared for non-contact activity today,” coach Jay Gruden said.
Jacksonville Jaguars rookie running back T.J. Yeldon will make his preseason debut Friday against Detroit. ”If it was a critical time or game, he could have played last week,” coach Gus Bradley said Sunday. Veteran defensive end Chris Clemons and rookie safety James Sample also are expected to play against the Lions.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was apparently doing well Saturday after leaving Thursday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions with a concussion. Washington tight end Je’Ron Hamm said, ”Robert’s fine,” on a conference call as the Redskins enjoyed a second straight off day. Griffin, who’s expected to be Washington’s opening day starter for a fourth straight season, was injured when Lions defensive end Corey Wootton landed on him while trying to recover his fumble early in the second quarter in a 21-17 Redskins victory.