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Browns’ Robert Griffin III to miss at least eight games with shoulder injury

Robert Griffin III admitted “I’m in pain” Sunday. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

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.

Smart money says Browns move on from injured RGIII for good

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Griffin will be reevaluated in three to four weeks. The earliest he can return is Nov. 10 against the Baltimore Ravens. He will miss the Browns’ game against the Washington Redskins, his former team, on Oct. 2.

“It’s really unfortunate because Robert worked extremely hard,” Browns Coach Hue Jackson told reporters on Monday.

Latest injury might be last chapter in sad RGIII saga

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.

“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.”

Josh McCown will start against the Baltimore Ravens.