Robert Griffin III’s Injury May Not Derail Washington Redskins’ Playoff Run

By Greg Bradshaw
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Washington Redskins’ fans across the world gasped when superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III left the Redskins’ Week 14 contest with the Baltimore Ravens due to injury. The post-game diagnosis revealed a sprained lateral collateral ligament in Griffin III”s right knee. Washington head coach Mike Shanahan lists the man known as “RG3” status for Washington’s Week 15 game against the Cleveland Browns as day to day.

This is excellent news for Redskins’ fans. Make no mistake: Griffin III’s status to play against the Browns is by no means guaranteed. Everything is dependent upon how he progresses during the week. However, there is no question that the Redskins’ training staff will do everything in their power to get RG3 everything he needs to get himself back on the field in Cleveland on December 16th.

I have no doubt that Shanahan will have Griffin III on the field against the Browns.  The Redskins are surprisingly in the NFC playoff race, trailing the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears by one game for the final playoff spot.  They are also a game behind the New York Giants for the NFC East lead.

Considering that Washington was 3-6 before their bye week, it was a foregone conclusion that it would be another lost NFL season for Redskins’ fans. Since their bye week, Washington has reeled off four consecutive wins. Griffin III, who is currently the NFL’s top rated passer, is the main reason for the Redskins’ current success. Therefore, it would be imperative that he is able to get back on the field in an effort to lead a playoff push.

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If RG3 somehow can’t play on Sunday, Washington will turn to another rookie quarterback, Kirk Cousins, who led the Redskins to a come from behind 31-28 victory over the Ravens in Week 14. Cousins has appeared in relief of RG3 previously in 2012. In Washington’s Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons, Cousins entered the game after Griffin III suffered a concussion on a legal hit by Falcons’ linebacker Sean Witherspoon.  Cousins threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Santana Moss, and was driving the Redskins for the tying touchdown before throwing an interception that sealed Washington’s 24-17 loss to Atlanta

While Cousins has been efficient in his limited appearances in Griffin III’s absence, he is not Washington’s solution at quarterback. Nevertheless, after the quarterback carousel that Washington Redskins’ fans have endured in recent history, the Redskins’ quarterback play in 2012 gives them hope for that elusive playoff spot.

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