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Need to Know: RG3 injury does not seem to be serious

Dec 25, 2014, 6:08 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, three days before the Washington Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys.

Three and out—How serious is Griffin’s injury?

1. I don’t think that the shoulder injury to Robert Griffin III is very serious. He seemed to be throwing fine during the open part of practice yesterday. And that he was throwing at all was a good sign. I don’t think that they would have allowed him to throw if they were highly concerned about it. To be sure, you can’t completely ignore an injury to the throwing shoulder of a quarterback so we’ll have to see how this plays out on Friday. Griffin will go to get treatment this morning but no news will come out until tomorrow.

 2. If it turns out that Griffin can’t go Kirk Cousins would start. Since there is not time to bring in another QB, I assume that Griffin would be the backup if Cousins starts. He would just hand off if his arm won’t let him throw.

3. There is more and more buzz about the possibility of A. J. Smith stepping up from his current role as a consultant into the general manager role. Sonny Jurgensen said that such a move is under consideration and it may be a matter of convincing Smith to move from the west coast to Ashburn. He has been more visible around Redskins Park lately, coming out to practice every day and watching the position groups more closely. Smith had his hits and misses while GM of the Chargers; my quick impression (with more to come at a later date if this heats up) is that he’d be an improvement over Bruce Allen but not the ideal candidate.

Out: Merry Christmas everyone!

Timeline

Today’s schedule: No availability, off day

Days until: Cowboys @ Redskins 3; 2015 NFL Draft 126; 2015 NFL season opening Sunday 262

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  1. charmerci - Dec 25, 2014 at 6:26 AM

    Merry Christmas to all you idiots who don’t know much about football!!! LOL!

    (j/k!)

  2. abanig - Dec 25, 2014 at 6:48 AM

    Yay! Another 60 year old man! I’m sure that’s gonna work!

    This organization for 82 years has never been progressive in it’s thinking.

    Hire a young assistant GM – who does most of the work – to work under Allen.

    Allen can do mostly “pants and picnics”

    • abanig - Dec 25, 2014 at 8:01 AM

      7-25 record since AJ Smith was hired as a consultant

      • bangkokben - Dec 25, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        You’re right! This organization needs a young, hot Hispanic woman for GM. That might change the mojo. Hell, she could be fat. She might even be better at pants and picnics.

  3. polofourme - Dec 25, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    He sprained his right throwing shoulder….do care if its serious or not, it will affect his throwing motion…Griffin is an injury waiting to happen…Unless you are living in some kind of alternative universe the fact is Griffin has been injured and lost playing time in every year for the three years he has been in the NFL…that includes a concussion, knee injury in 2012. plus the knee injury in the PO game…and last year, his knee was injured and he was put on the bench to insure he didn’t suffer another injury and this year his ankle and now his shoulder. Griffin in effect IS just an injury waiting to happen. Those are the FACTS, whether you like them or not. FACTS not wishful thinking.

    • kenlinkins - Dec 25, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Many draft scouting reports listed Injury, Reading defenses once the ball was snapped and Pocket passing as concerns for RG3. It seems they were right. While some said his 6’2″ and 220 lbs. frame was big for a QB, his build in this lower body was slim (knee, hip and ankle injury concerns). On the plus side, he had speed / moved like no other (great legs) and Arm strength, but after three injuries to his legs and now an arm injury, one has to wonder if RG3 is losing what made him so special leaving college. If you have ever owned a race horse you know just how easy leg injuries can happen to even the best looking 2 years olds ending any chance of a championship / major race wins, and it seems to happen right after they have shown their are special in winning early! Let’s hope is this not the case for RG3.

      • Bryan - Dec 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM

        Yea he has had some injuries but prior to this year he missed count it 1 game. The shoulder injury was as a result of crappy oline getting bull rushed right into him and his pass being blocked. The fact he didn’t fumble was amazing and many qb’s have had some sort of shoulder issue when they are hit like that. People saying out his shoulder hurts due to being fragile is crazy I guess all the qb’s are fragile bc I have seen that very type play many times with same result. So stop playing madden n watching fantasy now and see the shoulder injury is not being fragile.

        • kenlinkins - Dec 25, 2014 at 12:42 PM

          It matters not why (i.e. bad O-line, play calling, missed assignments) he has been hurt, but the fact is he has been hurt so often that counts. Seeing how two of his injuries happened this year, I would have to count the games he missed in 2014 as well. Unlike you, I use up dated data went building my debate and never try to select only data that helps my belief when trying to make a point. I never said RG3 was fragile, my point is that I wonder if he has lost something due to the injury’s that seem to be piling up. PS; I have never played Madden so I do not know if you can remove a full year from a players profile, but I do not for sure you can not do it in the real NFL.

        • Joe Greene - Dec 25, 2014 at 11:04 PM

          The OL was VERY good against the Iggles and Brittle Bob the Blunder got hurt yet again. He’s pathetic in the pocket, the one place where an NFL QB should be their best. 1 of the 2 sacks last game, the one that Trent was beaten on, was directly due to Bob taking a 7 step drop while the OL set the pocket for a 5 step drop.

          Major knee injury in college, two knee injuries in year one in the NFL, at least one major concussion, an ankle injury where he wasn’t touched, and now a shoulder injury with a clean pocket most of the day. He’s softer than a baby’s bottom.

    • bangkokben - Dec 25, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      So what?! Merry Christmas. Tell me how this is relevant today. Unless your Eli Manning your going to get hurt at the position. Ask the Arizona Cardinals. If elite indestructible quarterbacks grew on trees, everyone would have one. Next thing you’ll want is an elite pass rusher that doesn’t get burned on the boot, a lock-down corner that doesn’t get called for penalties, a pro-bowl left tackle that doesn’t get injured, and maybe even a linebacker that can cover a tight end.

      • kenlinkins - Dec 25, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        YEA, YEA,YEA: All the above please and could we get them by next training camp?

  4. gasngo14 - Dec 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Merry Christmas Redskin Nation.

  5. goback2rfk - Dec 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I can not wait for black monday. httr

  6. Joe Greene - Dec 25, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    AJ Smith would be a horrible hire. He’s never built a winner in his life.

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