Robert Griffin III Briefly Returns To Practice On Saturday

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Saturday, October 4th, 2014 | 0

Robert Griffin III

Out of action since dislocating his ankle in Week 2, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin was diagnosed with 6-8 weeks on the sidelines after not requiring surgery.

The situation was further complicated by the perceived emergence of backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who lead the team to a win over Jacksonville in Week 2 before lighting up the Philadelphia Eagles for over 400 yards in a close Week 3 loss. Cousins was immediately thought to be a better fit for head coach Jay Gruden’s pro-style offense, but those expectations disappeared in one half of a single game.

Falling apart in the second half of the team’s Week 4 loss to the New York Giants, Cousins threw four interceptions and instantly had Washington fans clamoring for RG III’s return.

They got an incredibly positive sign today (Sat., October 4, 2014) when Griffin shed his walking boot to join the team for stretching. He wore a hard cast for the first 10 days after the injury.

Griffin apparently jogged quite well with cleats on both of his feet before continuing to rehabilitate his ankle. He did not take part in the individual position drills.

When asked about his quarterback’s injury, Gruden told the Washington Post that Griffin was making some good progress towards recovery:

“He’s doing a great job, and like I said, for whatever injury he has, he’s probably going to recover quicker than the normal human being, faster than anybody probably. So, it won’t surprise me when he comes back. I’m sure it’ll be quicker than normal, but he’s doing everything he can to get right. What that timetable is, I have no idea. Only his body will know and the trainers.”

The team has no set timetable for Griffin’s return to action, but Cousins should be on an incredibly short leash because of his last performance. The NFC East is a competitive division, with both the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia possessing records of 3-1, so the Redskins need to win and they need to win now if they want to have any hope of making the playoffs.

Having Griffin back would almost certainly increase those chances, but last year, they witnessed firsthand what happens when he rushes back from a serious injury. Will the embattled star return soon enough to make an impact on a rapidly slipping season in Washington?

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