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Redskins announce RG3 not cleared to play Saturday

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Redskins announce RG3 not cleared to play Saturday

Robert Griffin III’s odd week continued today. About 24 hours after the team issued a statement saying that Griffin had been cleared to play against the Ravens tomorrow night, another statement was issued saying that he is not cleared.

The team passed along the following statement by independent neurologist Robert N. Kurtzke:

“Per discussion with Neuropsychologists and with Anthony Casolaro M.D., we had anticipated yesterday that the patient would be cleared for full participation in gameplay this weekend; however, upon further scrutiny today of the neuropsychology data, I agree with the neuropsychologist that he should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one-two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.”

After the Redskins’ preseason game against the Lions last Thursday, coach Jay Gruden announced that Griffin had sustained a concussion. After recovering a fumble early in the second quarter, the quarterback stayed down on the field for a few minutes before slowly walking off. Presumably that is when Griffin suffered the concussion, although neither he nor Gruden were able to specify to reporters exactly when it happened.

There were conflicting reports concerning Griffin’s status during the game, with the team’s own broadcast network reporting that Griffin had cleared the concussion test. But Gruden’s announcement after the game put the quarterback into the NFL’s concussion protocol.

On Sunday, Griffin took what appeared to be a normal workload in a practice open to fans and the media. Gruden said afterwards that Griffin had been cleared to participate in non-contact work. Since an NFL quarterback wears a no-contact jersey normally, a normal practice could be considered non-contact.

After taking part in practice the rest of the week, the team announced on Thursday that an independent neurologist had cleared Griffin to play against the Ravens. Presumable that neurologist was Dr. Kurtzke, although the press release did not give a name.

The one- to two-week tie frame for resting Griffin makes for an interesting timetable. If the rest period ends up being at the longer end, he could miss some or all of the practice time for the Redskins’ regular-season opener vs. the Dolphins. That game is two weeks from Sunday.

Kirk Cousins was going to go into the Ravens game after Griffin left, presumably sometime in the third quarter. It seems likely that Cousins will now start the game but we have no official word at this point.

The reversal is certainly unusual if not unprecedented. It calls into question the wisdom of the team allowing him to practice less than 72 hours after he left the playing surface at FedEx Field. However, he did have to be cleared by medical personnel before doing that so the team was not necessarily acting irresponsibly in letting Griffin practice.

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2018 Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

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2018 Power Rankings: Patriots prove they still got it, Rams remain top dog

In a thriller in Foxboro, the Patriots handed Kansas City its first loss of the season.

It wasn't pretty but the Rams slipped past the Broncos to remain the lone unbeaten in the NFL.

Remember when the Lions beat New England on Sunday Night Football and folks were ready to bury the Patriots? Yeah... how did that 'hot take' work out?

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Will the real Redskins please stand up? A win over the Panthers moved the Skins up three spots. Give the Redskins this, they are consistently unpredictable.

The Ravens are on the rise and Marcus Mariota is happy the Titans won't have to play Baltimore again.

So the Cowboys have an offense now? Or does Jacksonville not have an elite defense anymore?

And the Bears let Brock Osweiler throw for 380 yards. Yes. You read that correct. 380 yards. 

How far will the Bears drop because of that dreadful defensive performance? 

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

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The Kerrigans are having a baby and, WOW, this is all so very exciting

The Kerrigan family is about to make a big-time addition to its roster.

Ryan and his wife, Jessica, already have two very, VERY, very, very cute bulldogs in their household. 

But on Tuesday, the two announced in separate Instagram posts that Jessica is 18 weeks pregnant and that a third human Kerrigan will arrive in 2019.

"Can I eat dis sign aftur da picturr iz over?" George the bulldog said when reached for comment on the news.

"How did dey gett such a smawl jerzey for da baby alreddy?" Franklin the other bulldog added.

This is all very wonderful.

Come next March, the world is about to get a little precious-er.

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