New Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III can't seem to shake his old injury patterns. He suffered a shoulder sprain in Cleveland's season opener against the Eagles on Sunday and will require an MRI today.
Now, reports out of Cleveland have suggested that the injury is serious and could force him out of the Week 2 matchup against the Ravens. Or potentially a lot longer.
Word I'm hearing out of Cleveland is that RG3 is hurt. And could be out for a while. More to come. @NFLonFOX— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) September 12, 2016
Cabot's postgame story on Griffin will be a familiar read for Redskins fans. It has all the classic elements.
The play where he was injured:
Griffin said he decided to run out of bounds there instead of sliding.
"I feel like I did a decent job of protecting myself recently and wanted to continue that,'' he said. "But in the heat of that moment it kind of just surprised me."
The decision to return to the game:
Griffin had to talk the team doctors into letting him go back in for the final 1:12, during which he handed the ball off three straight times to Isaiah Crowell. ... While Griffin was talking to the doctors on the sideline, McCown put on his helmet and started warming up. But Griffin would have none it.
His parents' concern for his health:
Robert Griffin III's cell phone went off at the start of his post-game press conference and he promptly apologized.
"It's my mother,'' he said. "She's very worried about me.''
Griffin's mom had reason to be concerned. Her son suffered a sprained left shoulder late in the game and almost couldn't finish the game. As it is, he'll undergo an MRI Monday and might not be able to play next week against the Ravens.
It's all there, but this time in Cleveland.
If history is any teacher, RG3 sitting out against his now-division rival Ravens is a smart idea.
Washington and Baltimore fans will remember the Haloti Ngata tackle that crumpled Griffin's knee in Week 14 of the 2012 season. It was called a sprain at the time, but ultimately proved the beginning of the end of his Redskins career.
Though Griffin returned for Week 16 and the first round of the playoffs, he reinjured the knee in a loss to the Seahawks. This time, he needed surgery to repair a torn LCL and MCL. The 2012 NFC Rookie of the Year was never the same.
If Griffin does sit out next Sunday, the Ravens defense will face Josh McCown instead.
A prolonged absence will impact the AFC North picture to some degree, but Griffin's play wasn't inspiring before the injury. He finished the day completing 12 of 16 passes for 190 yards and an interception. It's possible that backup McCown isn't much of a downgrade.
In fact, McCown threw for 457 yards and scored three touchdowns in the Browns' overtime victory at M&T Bank Stadium last year.
UPDATE 2:25 p.m.: Browns place RG3 on IR with shoulder fracture