( 4UMF NEWS ) RG3 Suffers Concussion In Preseason Game:
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion in Thursday’s preseason game against the Detroit Lions when he was hit while attempting to recover a fumble, coach Jay Gruden said.
Gruden said he was unsure when Griffin would be able to return to action but would be the team’s starter when healthy. The fourth-year signal-caller will have to go through the league’s concussion protocol before he is cleared for action.
“We’ll have to wait, go through the whole process, see how he recovers, see how fast he recovers,” Gruden said in his postgame news conference.
Griffin also left the game with a shoulder stinger, but Gruden said that injury was not an issue.
Lions defensive end Corey Wootton tackled Griffin in the second quarter and appeared to land on the quarterback’s shoulder. Griffin remained down on the field for several minutes while medical staff attended to him, though he walked off with trainers and gave fans a thumbs-up signal.
The team ruled Griffin out for the remainder of the game, though it was unlikely he would have played beyond that series.
Asked why Griffin was still playing in the second quarter, Gruden said, “We weren’t doing that well on offense. I wanted to try to get something going on offense. A lot of quarterbacks play into the second quarter in a preseason game. Football is a tough sport.”
Griffin was under constant pressure Thursday, taking three sacks and several hits through four series. He was 2-of-5 passing for 8 yards and fumbled twice before leaving the game.
“It felt like we were picking Robert up after every pass play. So we’ve got to fix that,” center Kory Lichtensteiger told reporters after the game. “Exactly what led to that, we don’t know, but it’s something we’ve got to address, for sure.”
Colt McCoy, Griffin’s replacement and backup, threw for 80 yards and a touchdown on 5-of-6 passing in the Redskins’ 21-17 win.
Griffin has struggled to stay healthy throughout his NFL career and endured a midseason benching by Gruden last season to reclaim his starter status this year. Earlier in the week, he created a stir when he said he believed he was the best quarterback in the league.