With Lamar Jackson’s running style, small frame, and history of injuries, the backup quarterback position in Baltimore is going to be more important than it was behind the typically-durable Joe Flacco.
With that in mind, the Ravens took a hit Saturday night when Robert Griffin III struck a defender’s helmet with his thumb late during the team’s practice at M&T Bank Stadium.
The quarterback left practice andwas clearly upset on the sidelines. Reports later surfaced explaining why.
An X-ray revealed a small fracture in Robert Griffin's right thumb, but the Ravens are optimistic he can return in time for the season opener https://t.co/ceTod8VPww— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 28, 2019
Griffin has a small fracture in the thumb of his throwing hand that will keep him out four to eight weeks. The team is optimistic he’ll be back in time for the start of the regular season, but this severely limits his opportunities to build chemistry with a largely new, and very young, receiving corps.
"I got a little issue with my thumb," Griffin told NBC Sports Washington's Rob Carlin. "I hit on the helmet of one of the defenders. I guess that's why they tell them to stay away from us."
After what turned out to be an extra physical practice, head coach John Harbaugh told reporters he didn't have a problem with the defense's aggression.
"That's football," Harbaugh said. "You know, they were good hits."
Trace McSorley, selected in the sixth round of April’s draft, stands to earn more reps at quarterback behind Lamar Jackson this preseason, but the Ravens will certainly be looking to add another arm or two for depth as well.
It’s a tough blow, and Griffin shared some thoughts on social media.
Everything you have been through will make you stronger— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 28, 2019
Praise God in the good times and the trying ones— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 28, 2019
The Ravens are certainly hoping their backup quarterback will be ready to go by September 8 when they kick off their season against the Dolphins.
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