Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated left ankle injury during his team's 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. A return this season has not been ruled out.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a dislocated left ankle injury during his team's 41-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 14.
Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Monday RGIII could still return this season, per Andrew Walker of the team's official website:
"Redskins head coach Jay Gruden on Monday said Robert Griffin III has been diagnosed with a dislocated left ankle, and has not ruled out the quarterback returning to the field as soon as this season.
"'It's not a fracture and we'll know in a few more weeks as far as how long he'll be out,' Gruden told reporters. 'We're going to send his results of the MRI to Dr. Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist, and get it casted up and then we'll just go from there.'
"Griffin III's injury occurred in the first quarter (of) yesterday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, as Griffin III -- who scrambled out of the pocket to his right -- made a last-second throw near the sideline to wide receiver DeSean Jackson.
"Griffin said he was trying to stiff arm Jacksonville linebacker Paul Posluszny when his ankle 'got caught in the ground.' Despite suffering the injury, Griffin III was immediately able to push off his right foot and deliver a 19-yard pass to Jackson before crumpling to the ground on the Redskins' sideline.
"'When I landed, I wanted to look at my ankle because I felt something,' Griffin III said after the game. 'When I looked at it, it didn't look in a great position, so I kind of knew something was wrong then. So, I just called the trainers over.'
"As Griffin III was being tended to by the team's medical staff, backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, just two plays later, found fullback Darrel Young wide open in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown that gave the Redskins (1-1) an early 7-0 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
"Cousins, in emergency relief, finished the game completing 22-of-33 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the Redskins' 41-10 blowout victory. Gruden confirmed Monday that Cousins will start on Sunday when the team opens up divisional play on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles, and is not yet thinking about what he could do down the road if Griffin III returns later this season while Cousins is performing well.
"'We'll cross that bridge when that comes,' the first-year head coach said. 'Right now we're going to prepare with Kirk Cousins as our starter and Robert's going to rehab, and then all decisions after will come after that. But right now, we're going to try to do the best we can, get Kirk ready to go and beat (the) Philadelphia (Eagles).'
"Gruden said the team has not ruled out bringing in another quarterback to place on the practice squad while Griffin III recovers from his injury. With Cousins being elevated to starter, third-stringer Colt McCoy -- who was inactive the first two games -- becomes the Redskins' backup quarterback."
ESPN Washington Redskins reporter John Keim probed deeper into Griffin III's injury in his Sept. 15 blog:
"But Griffin now faces the prospect of missing the rest of the season after dislocating his left ankle. He'll undergo an MRI at 10 a.m. Monday, but after the game Redskins coach Jay Gruden told ESPN980 that it was 'sad for Robert the way his season ended.' But then Gruden retreated to what he said in his news conference, that the team would know more Monday.
"Griffin was trying to stay upbeat after the game, praising teammates and his replacement, quarterback Kirk Cousins. But Griffin knew on the field that his injury was bad. He felt his ankle dislocated as he escaped a tackle attempt from linebacker Paul Posluszny. His foot got caught in the FedEx Field turf and that was that.
"Griffin said he looked at his ankle after the play and it was bent in a different direction. He did not ask doctors about any timetable or the severity; he did not want to know.
"'When I looked at it, it didn't look in a great position,' Griffin said. 'I knew something was wrong...It's an excruciating pain.'
"...They didn't need the injury. Griffin spent all of the 2013 offseason rehabbing from knee surgery, but he missed only one game that season. There's one approach he wants to take. Even before stepping into the interview room, Griffin was trying to look forward and stay upbeat. He wasn't bemoaning his fate, though he was trying to make sense of things.
"'You never want to get hurt,' Griffin said. 'You want to be out there and available for your teammates. It's just an unfortunate situation because it wasn't a hit of anything. It just happened. In moments like these, you've just got to keep the faith.'
"It's now Cousins' job to guide the Redskins. Any sort of future situation will play out over the next 14 weeks and then some. If Griffin's season is over, he'll enter 2015 coming off his second severe leg injury in three years.
"'When you get hurt and your season is cut short, it's devastating,' Gruden said. 'I'm sick about it for him. He'll probably beat all the odds and be back quicker than anybody in the history of dislocated ankles. But now we have to move forward.'"
The 24-year-old Griffin has thrown for 6,708 yards, 36 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 30 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.
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