This Sunday in football sucked for many reasons (especially for a certain person that happens to be typing these very words right now), not the least of which was the rash of injuries that befell many key players. One of the more notable is Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, who left the ‘Skins 41-10 win over Jacksonville in the first quarter with an apparent leg injury.
This turned out to be a dislocated ankle for RGIII, which, in most cases, means his season is in jeopardy. However, according to Washington head coach Jay Gruden, Griffin didn’t suffer any bone break, nor supplemental ligament damage, meaning it may not be as bad as originally feared. As a result, Gruden told the media that RGIII will not be placed on season-ending injured reserve, which leaves the door open for a possible return at some point. If he has surgery, though, that may mean he’s done.
This…could get awkward, though. Kirk Cousins was stellar in Griffin’s stead on Sunday, completing 22 of 33 passes for 250 yards with a pair of touchdowns and no interceptions. Despite also losing big-play machine DeSean Jackson to a shoulder injury, Washington’s offense looked downright strong in this game. However, let’s not lose sight of the fact that they were going up against the freaking Jaguars.
Gruden was asked what could happen if Cousins thrives while Griffin is out, and responded with some vague “we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it” garbage. As if Washington would just throw in the towel on the Robert Griffin III era in Year 3. They mortgaged their entire future (basically) to get this guy from the Rams in the 2012 draft, and that’ll be it? It’s pretty damn sad that the Shanahans ruined this guy, because he was pretty freaking amazing as a rookie.
For fantasy purposes, I’m still in wait-and-see mode when it comes to pulling the trigger on Cousins. Obviously, if RGIII was your starter, then you need to go pick Cousins up right away. However, Cousins didn’t exactly light the world ablaze when given the chance to start last season, and the ‘Skins have a few rough games ahead on the schedule, such as Philadelphia, Seattle and Arizona. Could be rough sledding.
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