Thursday, December 8, 2016, 6:27pm
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. The Browns plan to start Robert Griffin III this week. He had an impressive preseason (22-of-38 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and an 8.2 YPA) before getting injured during a less-than-stellar Week 1 outing against the Eagles. The Browns want to see if Griffin is the quarterback of the future. In his sole start, Griffin targeted Terrelle Pryor (7), Corey Coleman (5) and Duke Johnson (5) the most.
Griffin had a fantastic preseason (22-of-38 for 313 yards with three touchdowns and an 8.2 YPA) before getting injured during a less-than-stellar Week 1 outing against the Eagles. The Browns want to see if Griffin is the quarterback of the future. In his sole start, Griffin targeted Terrelle Pryor (7), Corey Coleman (5) and Duke Johnson (5) the most.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 6:58pm
Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared for contact, paving the way for him to play again this season.
Griffin has been sidelined since breaking a bone in his left shoulder late in the Sept. 11 opener against Philadelphia. He returned to practice last week, but still had to pass another medical test to make sure his injury had healed enough to absorb hits.
The Browns (0-12) have a bye this week, but Griffin will likely start the Dec. 11 game against Cincinnati. Browns coach Hue Jackson could go back to rookie Cody Kessler, but he sustained his second concussion of the season on Nov. 20 and only completed the concussion protocol on Monday.
The Browns signed Griffin to a two-year deal and would probably like to use these four games to see if he's worth bringing back as the team's starter in 2017. After trading away the number-two overall pick this past draft, and not really seeing any answers at the QB position, one would have to think the team needs to draft a QB next spring regardless of bringing back Griffin in 2017.
Coach Hue Jackson said that although Robert Griffin III will practice, he has not been cleared for contact or to play in a game. Rookie Cody Kessler had his second concussion in five games and is out indefinitely.
The team could shut down Kessler for a while according to a report we had earlier today. With RGIII not ready to get back into action, McCown gets the start in Week 12.
Earlier, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported sources told her the team was discussing Griffin's possible return to practice this week.
Though Griffin might be ready to practice in some form, he could be limited and would have to work his way back before practicing fully. Before he could return to practice, Griffin must be "designated to return" from injured reserve by the team. Once he begins practicing, he can practice for up to 21 days before the Browns have to make a decision on returning him to the active roster.
Sashi Brown, the Browns' executive vice president of football operations, told reporters Monday that the injured quarterback still has a chance to play this season.
While noting that Griffin's "durability issues have followed him," Brown stressed that the signal-caller is "on pace" to see late-season action after suffering a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder in Week 1, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer. That will require Griffin to pass further testing on the shoulder, but the passer sounded optimistic Monday.
Friday, November 4, 2016, 6:47pm
Browns QB Cody Kessler (concussion) took full practice reps all week. Kessler will start Week 9. There were three games this season in which Kessler attempted 30 or more passes. In those games, Duke Johnson has averaged 5.0 catches, so he's a safe play in PPR formats. Over the past two years, Gary Barnidge's yardage with and without Kessler are about the same, though he hasn't been the same factor in the red zone this season. Terrelle Pryor has averaged 7.3 catches for 88 yards and 1.0 touchdown in three full games with Kessler, so no problems there. Corey Coleman played mostly with Robert Griffin III early in the season, so he's something of a wild card.
An important four-week checkup this week revealed that Robert Griffin III's fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder is showing signs of healing, sources said Tuesday, and doctors believe the Cleveland Browns quarterback, barring any setbacks, will not require surgery.
After Griffin originally suffered the injury in September, the team feared he would miss the remainder of season if surgery was required. The Browns placed him on the Injured Reserve with designation to return, hoping proper healing could mean an earlier comeback.
The IR designation means Griffin still wouldn't be able to return to action until Nov. 10 against Baltimore. However, it is still to be determined whether that is a realistic timeline in terms of the healing process. A source close to the player says Griffin plans to be extremely patient with his return, and has not placed a timeline on when he'll be back, the story said.
The team’s statement on the move said Griffin has a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder. It said no surgery is required at this time and that Griffin will be evaluated again in 3-4 weeks.
Per the NFL’s injured reserve rules, the earliest he could return is Week 10.
Tough blow for RG3 and the Browns, but if there's one thing Josh McCown has, it's experience. The 37-year-old has started 57 games in his 13-year career and had his two best seasons in 2013 and 2015, posting a 13-to-1 TD-to-INT ratio with the Bears (under Marc Trestman) and a solid 12-to-4 ratio last year in eight starts for the Browns. Things are looking up for TE Gary Barnidge, who averaged 5.8-80-0.75 with McCown last year. It should also boost the value of RB Duke Johnson's targets, since McCown is less likely (than RG3) to take off and run when the pocket breaks down. Johnson averaged 4.8-44-0.12 with McCown last year versus 3.0-23-.12 without.
Griffin underwent an MRI on the shoulder Monday.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports and NFL Network first reported that Griffin could be out awhile.
Josh McCown is set to get the nod. After the game, Griffin moved slowly and admitted he was in pain after the game, the story said. The Browns offense hit a couple of big plays in Week 1 against a pretty good Eagles defense but overall struggled to finish drives and also had some drops. Josh Gordon should provide a boost with his return in Week 5.
RG3 stayed in the game and handed off on the final couple of plays to end the game. He said he was in pain after the game and the report said he was not using his left arm a lot as he dressed and put shirt on in training room. RG3 added haid he can use his left arm if needed, according to the story.
He was targeted twice in the second quarter but lost his footing and fell both times before the ball arrived. He even lost a shoe the first time.
He squabbled with Pryor during the game.
The story said HC Hue Jackson said Coleman was pressing. Coleman and the rest of the starters will get a chance to redeem themselves in the final preseason game as the starters are expected to play. It's not clear how long the starters will be in the game. Coleman has missed five practices and sat out two preseason games thus far, the story said.
Griffin ran into guard John Greco as he stepped into the throw, and tumbled to the ground. He hesitated for a moment to get up, but then shook it off the pain in his left knee and ran back to the huddle for the next play.
Whether or not he was still rattled, he fumbled the handoff to Isaiah Crowell on the second snap, but recovered the ball.
"My leg got stuck in the ground on the play I was throwing to TP, but I'm fine,'' Griffin said Monday. "Nothing is wrong with me and TP made a great play. That's all you really worry about. We got the completion, made a big play happen and that's what we're looking for – big plays out of our offense."
Griffin told ESPN's Bob Holtzman after the game that he wasn't sure at first if he was fine "and said the hit reminded him of the one that tore Carson Palmer's ACL'' in 2014. Any trauma to Griffin's knee, of course, sends shockwaves through the Browns, who are committed to him as their starter — and hope he can become their franchise quarterback. Fortunately for Griffin, it was his left knee, and the not the right, on which he's undergone two surgeries to repair the ACL and LCL, the story went on to say.
"It's time. Robert has earned the right to be named the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns," new Browns coach Hue Jackson said in a statement. "Since he was signed back in March, Robert has made it clear through his actions that he is willing to do everything that has been asked of him to earn this role. Throughout this process he has gained the respect from his teammates, the coaching staff and the entire organization that is necessary for him to lead our offense and really the entire team."
This was probably the worst kept secret in football. Griffin took most of the first-team reps in training camp and had been battling Josh McCown for the starting job. It wasn't really a fair contest just based on Griffin's time with the first team. Most reports in the spring and so far this summer had Griffin performing fairly well and there's certainly some QB2, streaming potential there - at least until we see how the offense comes together. Griffin is 30th on our list with an ADP of the 16th round.
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