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Monday, September 12, 2016, 2:42pm
The Browns placed quarterback Robert Griffin III on injured reserve Monday, a day after he suffered a shoulder injury in a fourth quarter collision with Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills.
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.
Posted by Jordan Heck
Friday, September 9, 2016 - 9:18am
Robert Griffin III - Week 1 vs. Philadelphia
Robert Griffin III took a year off as Washington's No. 3 quarterback last year, and now he's ready to try and recapture the magic of his rookie season. He has a decent situation in Cleveland with rookie Corey Coleman and the athletic QB-turned-WR Terrelle Pryor. Both guys can stretch the field, so expect RGIII to take some deep shots down the field.
For the most part, Griffin played well in the preseason, but we all know it's the regular season that counts. It's difficult to trust any Browns quarterback these days, but there's enough promise in RGIII to make him an interesting play in Week 1. He even has a great matchup against Philadelphia.
Griffin is unpredictable, which is why he should be viewed as a QB2 option this week.
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Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2016 Game Stats
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