Robert Griffin III injury update: Browns quarterback placed on Injured Reserve by team.
Robert Griffin III injury update: the Cleveland Browns will be without their starting quarterback for a good portion of the 2016 season. Monday, the Browns announced that Robert Griffin III suffered a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder during the team's contest against the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday.
The Browns also tweeted a reminder that per the new Injured Reserve rules, teams can designate one player to return before the season ends. The player can practice after six weeks and must miss at least eight games.
Browns coach Hue Jackson issued a statement via the team's website.
“It’s very unfortunate, Robert came in and has worked extremely hard to learn our offense and earn the respect of his teammates,” Browns coach Hue Jackson said. “This is a tough loss because everyone has seen how invested he has been in this team and his dedication to the work needed to improve his craft. We all know these are the realities of the NFL, injuries occur and you have to find ways to overcome them so they don’t impede your progress. Robert will do everything in his power to rehab and get healthy but Josh McCown is on this roster for a reason and we have great confidence in him. He is more than capable. His veteran presence has been an asset to our team throughout our process of preparing for the season. We look forward to him assuming the role of the starter and leading our offensive unit.”
As noted, Josh McCown will be the team's starter moving forward.
This past Sunday's contest was Griffin's first as a member of the Browns after spending four years with the Washington Redskins. Clearly, the timing here does not work out well for the 26-year-old signal-caller.
It remains to be seen if/when Griffin will return. The Browns take on the Ravens this upcoming week.