RG3 Might be Done for the Season
Robert Griffin III’s season is in jeopardy after he dislocated his left ankle in the first quarter of the Washington Redskins’ win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Griffin was scheduled for X-rays and an MRI to determine more about the injury. He and coach Jay Gruden did not offer a timetable for the quarterback’s return, but the injury typically sidelines NFL players for at least two months. If there is also a fracture, Griffin will need surgery and will almost certainly be done for the year.
The prognosis is better for Redskins receiver DeSean Jackson, who sprained his left shoulder in the first quarter. Jackson held out hope that he will be able to play next week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
RG3, WR Jackson leave Redskins game with injuries
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) – Robert Griffin III departed with his left ankle in a splint, and DeSean Jackson walked off gingerly supporting his left arm and shoulder Sunday in the first quarter of the Washington Redskins’ game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Redskins announced that neither would return.
Griffin was hurt while making an acrobatic, leaping, across-the-body throw near the sideline while being pursued by linebacker Paul Posluszny. Griffin landed awkwardly on his ankle as he finished the throw and then tumbled out of bounds. The pass was caught by Jackson for an 11-yard gain.
While play continued, Griffin’s leg was placed in a splint. He wiped his brow and waved, saluted and gave a thumbs-up signal to the crowd as he was carted along the sideline toward the players’ tunnel. The fans chanted “R-G-3!”
It was the latest setback for a promising but injury-marred career. Griffin missed all or part of four games in his record-setting rookie season of 2012 due to various injuries, including a torn right ACL that led to reconstructive knee surgery.
Griffin also tore his right ACL in college at Baylor.
On the Redskins’ next series, Jackson was hurt when he got tangled with safety Josh Evans on an incomplete pass. Jackson walked off the field and down the tunnel instead of heading to the sideline. The team announced he had an injured left shoulder and was questionable to return; minutes later, he was downgraded to out.
Jackson was the Redskins’ prized free agency acquisition this year after he was cut by the Philadelphia Eagles. He signed a three-year, $24 million contract that includes $16 million guaranteed.
Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis injured an ankle on the first play of the third quarter. He was later carted to the locker room. The team initially announced his return as questionable, then later said he would not return.
SOURCE: Horace Holmes
The Associated Press