The Cleveland Browns placed quarterback Robert Griffin III on injured reserve Monday after he fractured a bone in his left shoulder in the team’s season opener Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The designation does not end Griffin’s season, though under NFL rules he must miss a minimum of eight games.
Browns' QB RGIII has a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder and he will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks. Could be out for season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2016
“It’s really unfortunate because Robert worked extremely hard,” Browns Coach Hue Jackson told reporters on Monday.
Making his first start since 2014 with the Redskins, RGIII was hurt Sunday when, on an 11-yard scramble on third and long late in the game, he opted not to slide and took a big hit from cornerback Jalen Mills as he ran out of bounds.
It was an unnecessary hit, one that prompted talk about his inability or refusal to learn how to slide — a constant issue during his time with the Redskins.
RGIII getting medical attention following this hit because bruh. pic.twitter.com/AhTHoVfuON— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) September 11, 2016
“It’s a sprained shoulder, (we) just have to monitor it and see how it goes,” he admitted after the game. “I can move my left arm. I’m in pain, but it will be okay, just have to monitor it. We’ll see more [Monday] and see how my shoulder is feeling and just move on from there.”
#Browns HC Hue Jackson said he didn't think RG3 saw the defender until the last second, RG3 pushed in back, defender was out of bounds— Nate Ulrich (@ByNateUlrich) September 12, 2016
Josh McCown will start against the Baltimore Ravens.
Since winning OROY in 2012, Robert Griffin III has made just 21 starts, a result of a tough mix of injuries and benchings.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 12, 2016