The Redskins have confirmed that quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion in today’s loss to the Falcons.
Specifically, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin suffered a “mild” concussion. The term “mild” concussion may be more descriptive than “shaken up,” which was how the Redskins initially described Griffin, but with the NFL’s emphasis on protecting players from head injuries, it’s probably better for coaches not to refer to any concussions as “mild.”
The hit that caused Griffin’s concussion was totally avoidable. He rolled out on a third-and-goal, had nowhere to run and instead of stepping out of bounds, sliding or throwing the ball away, he attempted to pick up a couple yards and got popped by Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who hit Griffin hard but hit him cleanly. It’s on Griffin to learn how to avoid hits like that.
But Griffin didn’t avoid that hit, backup Kirk Cousins threw two late interceptions, and the Falcons beat the Redskins while Griffin watched the end of the game from the locker room.