The league felt the Redskins downplayed the severity of RG3’s head injury in the media by simply saying he was just “shaken up.” The league wants teams to acknowledge a concussion type injuries in order to prevent concussed players from returning to the playing field before they are cleared to do so.
The 2nd overall pick in the draft started his career on fire by winning the “NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month” award for the month of September. RG3 led the Redskins to a 2-2 record entering the week 5 Atlanta Falcons game in which he suffered his head injury which forced him to leave the game.
Griffin passed for 1,161 yards, 4 touchdowns and 1 interception this season while adding 241 rushing yards on the ground. He will start again today against the Minnesota Vikings despite the head injury because he was medically cleared, his back-up will be fellow rookie QB Kirk Cousins.
The Redskins gave up their No. 6 overall pick in the 2012 draft, their second-round pick in the 2012 draft, and their first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 drafts in order to trade up with the St. Louis Rams for the 2nd overall pick which they used to draft Griffin.
The league has put emphasis on head injuries in recent years by increasing rules and fines regarding those type of hits to the head area.