Washington Redskins rookie sensation quarterback Robert Griffin III left Sunday’s game late in the third quarter after a big hit from Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Griffin was attempting to run the ball in on the goal line, but was stopped short by a couple Falcon defenders.
The hit happened with 6:12 remaining in the third. Griffin is currently in the locker room and was “shaken up” by the play. There was a cut on his chin when the trainers looked at him on the sideline and they were checking him for concussion symptoms. His return to the game is questionable, and will hopefully only happen if he is totally healthy and the Redskins lose the lead.
The Heisman trophy winner and No. 2 overall pick stayed on the turf for a few moments and slowly got up after being checked on by team trainers. Redskins fans probably remember last week after a very physical game with the Bengals, RG3 claimed that he could take the punishment being doled out by his opponents and would always get up. Being a nervous Redskin fan myself, this type of talk worried me, because I do not completely trust Mike and Kyle Shanahan to call plays to protect the rookie quarterback. Honestly, I think both of them are far too worried about their jobs next year to put any real worry into the career longevity of RG3. Basicaly, I think RG3 will be around a lot longer than any of this coaching staff.
Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins replaced Griffin on the Redskins’ next possession. He threw a 77-yard scoring pass on the next drive to Santana Moss for his first NFL touchdown.