Washington Redskins fans could breathe sighs of relief on Monday as news came out that its rookie starting quarterback Robert Griffin III has a right knee sprain, not serious structural damage.
This disclosure came after Griffin underwent an MRI; it showed a Grade 1 sprain to his lateral collateral ligament.
His status has been described as “day to day” and when asked whether Griffin could practice on his Wednesday, his coach Mike Shanahan responded via ESPN, “I really don’t know” but added that he’s “definitely not ruling him out” for this week’s game against the Cleveland Browns.
In addition, Shanahan did say Griffin’s knee was swollen and he’s undergoing multiple treatments during the day. The quarterback will wear a knee brace.
On Sunday after its 31-28 OT win against the Baltimore Ravens, RG3 spoke to the media and said his injury didn’t feel like a torn ligament. He added, “I’m not a doctor, but I know what an ACL feels like. And it doesn’t feel like an ACL. … If I felt that, I’d be pretty nervous. But we won the game, everybody’s praying for me, I feel pretty good right now about the whole situation. I’m not too nervous, but I’ll definitely be praying during the MRI.”
So if RG3 doesn’t play, which he has said he intends to do, there’s backup rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins. He went in for Griffin on Sunday and led the team to first a touchdown with 29 seconds remaining, followed by a two-point conversion.
He’s no RG3 but he’s also not Rex Grossman.
In other injury news, just as the Dallas Cowboys get a little momentum going, they may lose wide receiver Dez Bryant.
The player injured his finger after he was tackled by Cincinnati Bengals Adam “Pacman” Jones. Bryant went to the sidelines for treatment and sat out for five plays. He did return to the game and caught a 27-yard pass for a touchdown, spurring a rally for his team.
Bryant believes it’s a sprain but on Monday, he went to see a hand specialist. Should it require surgery, the player would be out for the rest of the season.
His coach Jason Garrett said via ESPN on Monday, “He’s still getting checked on right now, and we’ll see what his status is as we go forward. There’s been no definitive diagnosis as to what he has and what his availability will be. We’re just trying to figure out what it is.”
It would be unfortunate for the Cowboys if Bryant is done for the season. He’s been on a roll in his last five games, catching a touchdown pass in each one. For the season, he has 75 receptions for 1,028 yards and is the team’s leader with nine scores.