Robert Griffin III last played in an NFL game on New Year's Day, 2017, as a member of the Cleveland Browns at the end of the 2016 regular season. Thursday night, he returned to action, this time as a Baltimore Raven.
Things have never been quite the same as his magical run through the first 12 games of the 2012 season. Of course, his injury woes started in Week 13 against his current team. But in his return to action, it was refreshing to see Griffin back on the field playing the game he loves.
It took all of two plays for him to throw an interception, but then he settled in, finishing 7 for 11 for 58 yards, a touchdown and that one interception. It wasn't a great performance, but it was a good first step back.
With Joe Flacco set to be the starting quarterback and rookie Lamar Jackson not quite ready yet to take over in an emergency, Griffin's presence will be of the utmost importance in 2018. He doesn't have to be spectacular. He just has to be serviceable.
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The Ravens got a 27-14 win over the Denver Broncos in Week 3.
It was an interesting game for many reasons including Broncos star rookie running back, Phillip Lindsay, getting ejected in the first half for throwing a punch.
Here's what you need to know from Sunday's win:
— Rookie linebacker Kenny Young stepped in for injured C.J. Mosley and showed he will be a starter. Young had a critical sack on Broncos quarterback Case Keenum on a third down in the second and finished the day with 10 tackles. The Ravens defense as a whole was impressive. While they gave up a lot of short third downs, they stopped their fair share as well. Most importantly was the late fourth quarter interception from Patrick Onwuasor, while the Broncos were threatening in Ravens territory.
— The Ravens are continuing to work on the run game, as something offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg emphasized after the team was averaging just 3.3-yards-per-carry heading into Week 3. Against the Broncos, the team averaged just 2.8 yard-per-carry, but put up two rushing touchdowns from Buck Allen and Alex Collins.
— It was a strange day for the Ravens' special teams when the Broncos blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown on the first drive of the game. The day became even stranger when safety Justin Simmons, (illegally) leaped over long snapper Morgan Cox to block a field goal and the penalty went uncalled. Kicker Justin Tucker made up for it by hitting not one, but two 52-yard field goals, his eighth straight from beyond 50.
— Joe Flacco finished the day 25 of 40 for 277 yards and one touchdown, while helping improve the team to 12-12 in the red zone. The QBs most impressive play came late in the fourth on a third down hitting the gas pedal, to not only get the first down but stayed in-bounds to keep the clock running and sealing the team's victory. His connection with John Brown continues to be strong after finding the receiver for a 44-yard gain, too.
The Ravens are now 2-1 and head to Pittsburgh for a Sunday night matchup in Week 4.
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The Ravens will have to battle with the Broncos in Week 3 without the services of linebacker C.J. Mosely, who was ruled out of action prior to the game.
Mosley exited the Ravens' Week 2 matchup vs. the Bengals in the first quarter and was later diagnosed with a bone bruise. With 10 days of rest, the three-time Pro Bowler was limited in Thursday's practice but did not practice Friday.
Also ruled out for Sunday's game is cornerback Anthony Averett (hamstring), defensive tackle Willie Henry (abdomen), tight end Hayden Hurst (foot),
RAVENS vs. BRONCOS WEEK 3: INACTIVE LIST
— CB Anthony Averett
— QB Robert Griffin III
— DT Willie Henry
— TE Hayden Hurst
— WR Jordan Lasley
— LB C.J. Mosley
— DT Michael Pierce
— QB Kevin Hogan
— LB Alexander Johnson
— CB Adam Jones
— G Sam Jones
— S Dymonte Thomas
— DE Demarcus Walker
— T Elijah Wilkinson
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