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Robert Griffin III | QB | Washington Redskins
Posted: 9/15/2014 1:27pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) isn't dealing with a fractured ankle, according to an MRI exam, and he doesn't think surgery is necessary. The best-case scenario for Griffin to recover from the injury is six to eight weeks, according to several surgeons.
Huddle Up: Kirk Cousins will start for Washington in the meantime and could retain the job even when RG3 returns if he plays well. Cousin is a high-end QB2 with upside.

Posted: 9/14/2014 8:20pm et
Updating a previous report, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (ankle) has been diagnosed with a dislocated ankle after leaving the Week 2 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is expected to undergo further testing Monday, Sept. 15, to determine the severity of his injury.
Huddle Up: Griffin will miss time for sure, it's just a matter of how much. Kirk Cousins is Washington's starting QB for what could be the rest of the season and a strong QB2 moving forward. Owners in need of QB help should target Cousins on the waiver wire this week.

Posted: 8/25/2014 10:23pm et
Washington Redskins QBs Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins aren't involved in any kind of quarterback controversy, according to head coach Jay Gruden. The first-team offense has yet to score a touchdown in the preseason, and Cousins has somewhat outplayed Griffin so far.
Huddle Up: Griffin is 13-of-20 for 141 yards, no TDs and 2 picks and only has 27 rushing yards and a fumble this preseason, pumping the brakes on any 2012-RGIII-Is-Back momentum. Still, bank on Griffin starting at least the first month of the season or so, but you'd have to believe that all bets would be off if the struggles are still ongoing at that point.

Posted: 8/19/2014 2:36pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is dealing with a bruised thigh suffered in the preseason game Monday, Aug. 18. Griffin said it is 'nothing to worry about' but that he must improve his sliding. He was hit hard a few times after the end of some scrambles and took a cumbersome attempt at a slide. 'When he gets out of the pocket, he needs to protect himself,' said head coach Jay Gruden.
Huddle Up: Yeah, we'd agree that RGIII's on-the-run decision making and sliding techniques could use some work after Monday night. Otherwise, his rebound season could hit another injury roadblock.

Posted: 7/1/2014 7:55pm et
Washington Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said he was impressed with how QB Robert Griffin III picked up the offense this offseason and translating his knowledge to the field. 'He did an excellent job above the neck,' McVay said, 'as far as absorbing the new system, some of the terminology. He's done an excellent job translating his knowledge in the meeting room onto the field, recognizing some of those looks. Some of the audible situations we'll give him the opportunity to call things at the line. He's shown he's fully capable of doing it and that's what gives him a great chance to have success this year.'
Huddle Up: With RGIII being another year removed from his 2012 knee issues, the addition of DeSean Jackson to a WR corps that already included Pierre Garcon and a new offense being installed with head coach Jay Gruden taking charge, there is plenty of reason to expect a bounce-back season for the QB in 2014. See if the momentum is evident in training camp and the preseason.

Posted: 6/4/2014 4:48pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III looks effortless in his dropbacks and throwing mechanics during organized team activities now that he isn't impeded by his knee brace.
Huddle Up: A healthy RG3 with DeSean Jackson & Co. to throw to and Jay Gruden calling the plays... extremely exciting fantasy-wise.

Posted: 5/1/2014 11:49pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is fine with new head coach Jay Gruden's decision to further phase out the read option in 2014. 'It's coach's decision. Last year we ran it a lot,' Griffin said. 'If he wants to use a sprinkle, a dash, whatever he decides, that's his take, and I'm all for it.' The 'Skins used the read option 18.3 percent of the time last season, and they used it 22.7 percent of the time in Griffin's rookie year.
Huddle Up: RGIII has rushed 206 times for 1,304 yards over first 2 seasons -- second in both categories to Cam Newton (238-1,326) over that span -- but it sounds like Griffin's fantasy owners aren't going to able to count on the same level of ground production going forward.

Posted: 3/18/2014 6:16pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III said he will not wear his knee brace in 2014. Griffin has already started throwing to some of his teammates this offseason, and he'll work out later this month in Arizona will some skill players, including WR Pierre Garcon and RB Alfred Morris.
Huddle Up: While RGIII insisted the brace and his rehab from his 2012 postseason knee injuries didn't hamper his mobility last season, his stats beg to differ as his rushing yards fell from 815 to 489 while failing to rush for a score. Look for those numbers to rebound this fall.

Posted: 2/11/2014 11:46pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has already started throwing to some of his receivers this offseason, and he's scheduled to meet with some of his receivers, tight ends and running backs in Arizona in March to work out together. Griffin also plans to work out with former NFL quarterbacks coach Terry Shea again in order to improve his footwork and to speed up his release. Griffin was unable to do any of that last offseason while he was rehabbing from knee surgery. In 2014, he'll likely play without a protective knee brace, too.
Huddle Up: Don't bet against a big bounce-back year for the QB given the return to a normal offseason and the coaching change in D.C.

Posted: 1/9/2014 11:26pm et
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said QB Robert Griffin III will be the team's starting quarterback and will not have to compete for the job.
Huddle Up: This belongs in the no-duh category as the Skins have mortgaged three drafts, including the upcoming 2nd-overall pick, to draft Griffin 3 years ago.

Posted: 1/7/2014 7:23pm et
According to reports, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III had tension with his wide receivers. Griffin reportedly also would brag that he could procure favors from the team owner and influence the direction of the franchise. Griffin also led a public campaign to have the team's offense altered for him.
Huddle Up: Given the ugliness of the on-field play and off-field rumors and "reports," Skins fans and RGIII's dynasty league owners might want to just pretend that the 2013 season never took place. Let's all hope for a 2014 clean slate.

Posted: 12/12/2013 6:46pm et
Despite being benched for the final three regular season games, Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will remain the starting quarterback heading into the 2014 season. "It's ridiculous to act like this is a quarterback competition," offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "Robert just had one of the best years as a rookie in NFL history. He didn't have that this year. We didn't do that again this year. To give up on him like that and say play someone else, that's fun for people to talk about but that hasn't entered my brain and it's not a possibility or option."
Huddle Up: At least we know RGIII has a better chance of starting the 2014 season in D.C. than the Shanahans and figures to be a lot better another 8 months removed from his knee injury.

Posted: 12/11/2013 10:44am et
Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins will start over QB Robert Griffin III against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 15.
Huddle Up: RG3 too banged up? Mike Shanahan's last gasp attempt to keep his job? Either way, Cousins walks into an extremely favorable matchup and has a chance to be a fantasy postseason hero.

Posted: 12/10/2013 7:18pm et
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder reportedly will not intervene if head coach Mike Shanahan benches QB Robert Griffin III for the final three regular season games this year. 'He won't step in and interfere with that,' a person familiar with the situation said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. 'He's not going to step into a personnel decision that way.' Shanahan said he'll decide by Wednesday, Dec. 11, whether to sit Griffin in favor of QB Kirk Cousins.
Huddle Up: RGIII only has totalled 489 passing yards and 2 TDs over his past 3 outings and should be benched in fantasy leagues even if Shanny doesn't pull the plug Wednesday.

Posted: 12/9/2013 3:20pm et
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan will not commit to QB Robert Griffin III as the starting quarterback for Week 15. Shanahan said he will decide on the starting quarterback Wednesday, Dec. 11.
Huddle Up: In case you were counting on Griffin this week, be wary.

Posted: 11/26/2013 8:15pm et
San Francisco 49ers LB Ahmad Brooks does not think Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III should be playing in games right now due to his knee injury from last season. 'He's a man, he has the heart of a warrior and is going to go out there and play regardless of the circumstance,' Brooks told CSN Washington. 'Everybody can see it. Everybody can see it. He shouldn't be playing.'
Huddle Up: As fantasy GMs have found out, Griffin isn't the RGIII of 2012, and with the Skins' season going nowhere, backup Kirk Cousins could get a chance to play and prove Brooks prophetic.

Posted: 11/26/2013 12:34am et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III completed 17-of-27 passes for 127 yards, no TDs and an interception Monday, Nov. 25 in a 27-6 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He added 22 rushing yards on 6 carries.
Huddle Up: RGIII, who took some punishing shots from a physical 49er defense, finished with a season-low in passing yards and failed to guide the Skins to a TD for the first time as a pro. Overall, things are rapidly trending in the wrong direction for Griffin, coach Mike Shanahan and the team as a whole, and it would be far from a shock to see backup Kirk Cousins given some snaps if things keep spiraling downward.

Posted: 11/19/2013 2:16pm et
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said opposing teams are trying to stop the pass first against them this year, with more seven-man boxes to help with downfield coverage. QB Robert Griffin III complained after their Week 11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles that it seemed as though they always knew what was coming in the passing game. 'Our first year everyone played us with eight-man fronts, sometimes almost nine-man fronts,' Shanahan said. 'When you do that you have guys wide open like we did last year. That's one reason the play-action was so good. This year (teams are saying), 'We're playing you more passing, and you have to earn the right in that run game.''
Huddle Up: RGIII only has 345 rushing yards so far -- 34.5 per game -- and no ground TDs after racking up a league-QB high 815 yards (54.3 per game) and 7 scores a year ago. He still ranks as a top-10 fantasy QB (7th overall) thanks largely to all the passing he's done with the Skins behind in most of their games, but Shanny is right: Due to the after-effects of the knee injury and the new looks defenses are showing Griffin, it's a different game for the QB this season.

Posted: 11/8/2013 12:09am et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III completed 24-of-37 passes for 281 yards, 3 TDs and no interceptions and carried 7 times for 44 yards Thursday, Nov. 7 in a 34-27 loss to the host Minnesota Vikings.
Huddle Up: After a week in which he failed to find the end zone -- rushing or passing -- RGIII delivered three passing TDs to his fantasy owners. All 3 came in the first half, though, and he was unable to guide the Skins to end zone in the second half, including the last-minute drive.

Posted: 11/1/2013 5:15pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Nov. 1, and is listed as probable for Week 9.
Huddle Up: Despite some early-week fears after the beating he took in Denver this past Sunday, Griffin will be good to go against the Chargers this Sunday.

Posted: 10/31/2013 5:22pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 31.
Huddle Up: Hold those starting plans for Kirk Cousins. RGIII has participated in both of the Skins' practices this week and looks to be on track to face the visiting Chargers on Sunday.

Posted: 10/30/2013 6:00pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) practiced in full Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: Looks like he will be fine for this week.

Posted: 10/28/2013 2:55pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III (knee) is OK after leaving the game early in Week 8 with a knee injury, according to Dr. James Andrews. Head coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin was removed as a precaution and 'due to (the) score.' Griffin was examined by the medical staff but was seen walking around on the sidelines shortly after.
Huddle Up: This is good to hear, but Griffin had some close calls last season before finally tearing that MCL. Hopefully it really is nothing, but Griffin is starting to become a lost fantasy cause this season.

Posted: 10/16/2013 8:42pm et
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III said he had the bye week to help him realize he has to use the talents given to him in order to be successful, hinting that he plans on running more often. In the team's Week 6 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, he ran nine times on zone read options and scrambles for 77 yards. The nine rushes was a third of his total carries all year. 'Everyone wants me to slide and get out of bounds,' he said. 'I can't listen to that. It's not that you ignore it. I understand that people are concerned, but at the end of the day you have to go out and play with your instincts. I let my instincts take over as opposed to running out of bounds so everyone doesn't get mad at coach or mad at me. Just more instinctive running the ball and playing football.'
Huddle Up: Griffin still needs to get his accuracy issues worked out but the Redskins did rack up 433 yards of total offense against Dallas. The problem is Washington had to settle for four field goal attempts and Griffin missed open receivers all night long. Running more will certainly help Griffin's fantasy stats but he needs to do a better job of completing passes while he's in the pocket or he may not be the starter for much longer.