Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III escaped serious injury last week, but will fantasy football owners escape the terror of not having him available for Sunday’s matchup against the Cleveland Browns?
RG3 took to the podium on Wednesday after practice and the “positive vibes” continued. When asked about his playing potential this week, the rookie stated “I feel really good about it…planting and throwing is not a problem.” Outside of the obvious structural differences, Griffin noted the difference between his current situation compared to his days at Baylor University, when he tore his ACL. Where he was limited physically after the tear, Griffin feels that won’t be the case with his current LCL sprain, noting a key factor is he “can make instinctive moves” this time around.
The vibes all point towards RG3 stepping on the field this week, but the reality of the situation is that fantasy owners might not know his status until just before kickoff. Pressed on whether he’d be available, Griffin said, “I can’t tell you all that. First, I don’t want to give the Browns a competitive advantage.” Coach Mike Shanahan decided if he’s not going to play “Shanahanigans” with his running backs, he’ll do it with RG3’s status. Asked if he might string this whole issue along even if he makes a decision soon, the coach stated “probably.”
However this situation plays out, there are plenty of reasons for fantasy owners to temper expectations for Griffin this week. If he does hit the field, not only will he possibly be playing at less than 100 percent, he’ll be doing it against a red-hot defense. The Browns have not allowed more than 17 total points in each of their last three games and have allowed just two touchdown passes during that stretch. One of those a “garbage time” score by Carson Palmer in Week 13.
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