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Griffin is cleared to return to practice on Wednesday

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, whose “mild” concussion prevented him from recalling the score or quarter of the game against the Falcons, has received clearance to return to practice.

Our colleagues at CSNWashington.com report that Griffin passed cardio and agility tests on Tuesday, two days after suffering the brain injury.  Griffin also passed the baseline testing, and he received clearance from an independent neurologist, which will allow Griffin to practice on Wednesday.

Griffin has not yet been cleared for contact.  Per the report, if Griffin remains symptom-free after each practice this week, he’ll be cleared to play on Sunday.

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  1. duncanthecat says: Oct 9, 2012 8:45 PM

    SUPERMAN

  2. skinsfan91 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:45 PM

    He’s playing Sunday. There was never any doubt.

  3. 69jaredallen69 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:49 PM

    He may play but will probably be reluctant to run…and a RGIII not running = average QB at best

  4. seeyoulater11 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:50 PM

    The losing streak at home is bound to end this week. Especially with the Vikings due for a loss.

  5. oaktown49er says: Oct 9, 2012 8:50 PM

    RGIII is so much fun to watch, that being said, take a week off RGIII, it’s really not worth it. Don’t be Steve Young off the field and you will have a better chance of being him on it. You have been warned.

  6. gammynomnom says: Oct 9, 2012 8:50 PM

    LOLNFL. We need to sell some jerseys son! Now promise not to get hurt!

  7. pottymouth777 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:53 PM

    Just take the week off, RG.

  8. thepvyharvin says: Oct 9, 2012 8:54 PM

    Harrison Smith will send RG to the ER

  9. sactogary says: Oct 9, 2012 9:01 PM

    69jaredallen69 says:Oct 9, 2012 8:49 PM

    He may play but will probably be reluctant to run…and a RGIII not running = average QB at best
    ———————————————–
    Yeah – you know he’s the league leader in completion percentage, and top five in passer rating, right? What’s your definition of average?

  10. straighcashhomie84 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:01 PM

    Jared Allen is going to give RG3 a “welcome to the NFL” moment

  11. skinsfan4 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:03 PM

    Why does Florio keep trying to make fun of the “mild” concussion? That’s what the doctors called it. I know Florio is a lawyer. Apparently he’s a doctor too.

    And some of you clearly haven’t watched RG3 play a single down. 69JaredAllen69 is trying to say RG3 will be average at best if he can’t run. Have you seen the guy throw the football? He is a legit pocket QB with extreme accuracy and a very quick release, not to mention the zip he puts on the ball. Looks like you are clearly a Vikings fan. You will get a heavy does of RG3 this weekend.

  12. thepvyharvin says: Oct 9, 2012 9:04 PM

    SS HS will put RG on the IR,,,

  13. beavertonsteve says: Oct 9, 2012 9:05 PM

    We are one more concussion from pandemonium in DC.

  14. footballfan01 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:05 PM

    Luck is better.

  15. oaktown49er says: Oct 9, 2012 9:08 PM

    Sorry to throw in the “you have been warned” I just wanted to say it before the guy who thinks RGIII is already the greatest QB ever. Seriously though, I hope he’s careful, head injuries r serious stuff. I enjoy watching the Skins be interesting again. As a 49er fan I have good memories of rooting for them to beat the Cowboys.

  16. bigbluenationdb says: Oct 9, 2012 9:09 PM

    RGIII will last a few years in the league trying to run around and make plays. Give me a slow, heavy footed pocket passer any day. Who cares about the ESPN highlight running as a QB. Give me Brady, Breese, Eli, Peyton, Ryan, Big Ben, etc. as my QB and I will be happy.

    Running QBs don’t last long.

  17. crappygovernment says: Oct 9, 2012 9:09 PM

    He’s this year’s Cam Newton!

  18. jwreck says: Oct 9, 2012 9:15 PM

    69jaredallen69 says: Oct 9, 2012 8:49 PM

    He may play but will probably be reluctant to run…and a RGIII not running = average QB at best
    _______
    Three points:
    First of all, for the record, it hurts me deep to disagree with someone named 69jaredallen69.
    Secondly, if he’s playing he won’t be reluctant to do anything, the kid has some big ol’ cojones: that was how he got knocked out last week: Sean Weatherspoon knew Griffin wasn’t going to run out of bounds and was able to line up the perfect hit on him because of that. Whether Griffin should play like that or not is a debate for a different time, my point is that the Third, like him or not, plays every game like it’s the Super Bowl, and if he’s on the field Sunday, he won’t be reluctant to do anything, apart from maybe challenge Jared Allen to a headbutting contest.

    Last, Griff is a pocket passer first and a runner second. At this stage of his career, he’s obviously no Manning or Brady, not even a Ryan or Stafford: regardless, even if his feet were superglued to the ground Sunday, he would still be a capable passer. On top of that, it’s his ability to run that scares defenses, not the running itself. Just the threat of what he can do on the ground is what makes him a dynamic quarterback. Even if he’s promised Shanahan, Scout’s Honor, that he won’t step out of the pocket this week, the Vikings will still play him as though he might, and that instantly improves the Redskins offense.

  19. bovice23 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:16 PM

    Stupid. Skins arent going to the playoffs, no reason to risk his future

  20. contra74 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:20 PM

    It will be interesting for the Vikings to face a QB with Griffins speed. All QBs they have faced so far this season have been pocket passers. I think this will be a close one.

  21. ahmiller21 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:29 PM

    He may play but will probably be reluctant to run…and a RGIII not running = average QB at best

    An almost 70% completion pct, almost 1200 passing through a little over 4 games, a 101 QB rating and he is an “average QB at best”??? Really??? I love how people come on here with such vague comments and clearly know NOTHING about what they are talking about!

  22. cdrion21 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:29 PM

    69jaredallen69 says:
    Oct 9, 2012 8:49 PM
    He may play but will probably be reluctant to run…and a RGIII not running = average QB at best

    ————————————————-
    I couldnt agree more, going into sundays game, he was 4th in qb rating and 1st in completion percentage. Oh also, he was only the third qb in league history to throw for 1000 yrds in his first 4 games, with his umber one receiver missing 2 3/4 of those games, yeah he is crappy if he cant run. You see black and think thats all he can do, so not only are you ignorant you are kinda racist

  23. ninespot says: Oct 9, 2012 9:40 PM

    69jaredallen69 says:
    Oct 9, 2012 8:49 PM
    He may play but will probably be reluctant to run…and a RGIII not running = average QB at best

    —————————————————-

    It’s apparent you haven’t seen much of his play. 96 for 139 for 69.1% completion rate, 4 TD-1 INT… He’s an accurate pocket passer that’s fast, he runs when the O-line gets beat and that happens quite often against any decent pass rush.

    I’ll also say he’ll be more inclined to run… out of bounds that is so he doesn’t take another nasty clean shot. You always need that first one to know you arrived to the NFL…

  24. bcjim says: Oct 9, 2012 9:44 PM

    Fellow DC folk…How did Nicolas Backstrom take a marginal hit and was out half the year while RGIII gets destroyed and is ready in 3 days?

  25. jwreck says: Oct 9, 2012 9:47 PM

    bovice23 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:16 PM

    Stupid. Skins arent going to the playoffs, no reason to risk his future
    _________
    The Jaguars aren’t going to the Super Bowl either, should they just tank the season for Geno Smith/Matt Barkley?

    Like Herm said, “You play to win the game.” Should every team throw in the towel every season until they have a all Pro Bowler roster, then try for the Lombardi?

  26. sj39 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:50 PM

    Don’t play this kid now. Yes, he will be great but the team needs so much more it ain’t gonna be this year or maybe even the next. The idiot coach, after trading away the future for RG3 And Out took another QB with the next best pick – real genius! – let Cousins play a few games and let the kid heal.

  27. thepvyharvin says: Oct 9, 2012 9:52 PM

    @cdrion21,,,,,,,,Jebus Cripes son,take a breath. Race has always been linked with certain positions. Right or wrong, never going to change. Bet you always fantasy draft white running backs?

  28. dylanssongwriter says: Oct 9, 2012 10:00 PM

    would people stop mentioning griffin’s completion %….the skins throw more screen/quick outs than any team i’ve ever seen…he completion should be outstanding.

  29. jbaxt says: Oct 9, 2012 10:00 PM

    Boy, I sure hope Cassel gets cleared… For that fake head injury he was given the choice to take. Matt, we can pull you in the 4th qtr or you can fall down and act injured in the next series.

    Quinn Chimes in “now he’s done”…

  30. 69jaredallen69 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:04 PM

    Ignorant and racist…wow. Would love to see how I said anything racist. RGIII has been great so far but what I meant was lets see what he does if the threat of him running might not fully be there. If he is a strictly a pocket passer he is a completely different QB in my opinion.

  31. redskinfansince82 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:16 PM

    My personal message to RGIII:

    Don’t sacrifice your longevity in the NFL by proving your a tough guy. We already know you’re tough and ready to kick butt. Show us you’ve finally learned to throw it away, slide sooner or get out of bounds. If you don’t believe me YouTube Lavarr Arringtons career ending hit on Troy Aikman where else but on the sideline!!! Take a week off and come back ready. One week won’t kill you but taking too many unneccesary hits will shorten your young promising career. HTTR!!!

  32. undraftedstar says: Oct 9, 2012 10:25 PM

    Hopefully all these haters hate translate into motivation. Look what it did for Lebron. HTTR!

  33. thepurp1 says: Oct 9, 2012 10:25 PM

    And when Jared Allen knocks him to next Sunday, if he can catch him, and he has another, then he is done. Why risk it, jahvid best ring a bell. Not worth the risk, give him the week off.

  34. brewdogg says: Oct 9, 2012 10:27 PM

    Uhhh…. From what I have seen, Griffin is still effective from the pocket. I wouldn’t call him average because he can’t run.

    That being said, he has padded his stat columns against the #25 and #30 pass defenses. Against pass Ds in the range of the Vikings, he has a 65.4% comp% and passer ratings in the 80s. If he has a similar game against the Vikings that he did against Atlanta, Cincy, and St Louis, expect something in the neighborhood of 20-30 for 200 yds.

    I would be more concerned about what Ponder and Harvin are going to do to the pass D that has been getting scorched every week. Ponder’s numbers are similar to Griffin’s, and he has faced 3 top 5 pass D’s already this year.

  35. drekomp says: Oct 9, 2012 10:37 PM

    contra74 says:
    Oct 9, 2012 9:20 PM
    It will be interesting for the Vikings to face a QB with Griffins speed. All QBs they have faced so far this season have been pocket passers. I think this will be a close one.
    ——————-
    Luck and Alex Smith are both well above average in the mobility department. Obviously not as fast as Bob-Griff though.

    The Vikings have actually fared quite well vs the read-option / super mobile QBs. They shut down Vick two years ago when he was playing out of his mind and they shut down Cam Newton last year. Those are the last two that come to mind.

    I hope he’s actually healthy. If he meets Harrison Smith head on he could be in for another one and I’d hate to see the kid go the way of Jahvid Best.

  36. bdoubleoey says: Oct 9, 2012 10:38 PM

    If he was not a QB or a top 2 draft pick he would not play this week. But the Redskins will take the chance and play him. might be a mistake. don’t want him getting a 2 nd concussion so early. but like I said if he played a less important position he would not play.

  37. dclogicatlast says: Oct 9, 2012 10:38 PM

    He’s been trending downward the past couple games. Struggled throughout the entire Atlanta game, and the Vikes defense looks good this year.

    He may be cleared to play, but he’ll be on my fantasy bench.

  38. tjigger says: Oct 9, 2012 10:40 PM

    How can they say it was “mild”

    He didn’t know where he was, the score, Or what quarter it was!

  39. mjkelly77 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:07 PM

    Choose a better photo. I want to see those horse teeth.

  40. orakpocalypse says: Oct 9, 2012 11:12 PM

    You can’t stop him. You can only hope to contain him.

  41. ddogdaddy says: Oct 9, 2012 11:14 PM

    Has it really only been only 4 games? Seems like 40 with all the back and forth crap, saying the same tired old comments. I will break it down for you. There are maybe 5 or 6 teams that this kid would not be their starting QB. So if you are not one of those 5 or 6 teams quit acting like you wouldn’t be either wanting or needing him on your team. That being said, I’m a Colts fan so I am pretty happy with our kid, who would also start for those same teams. I am sure that because of RG3 there will be many new Redskin fans and the Colts will have many new fans because of AL1 (Andrew Luck the First) you read it here first. A new day has dawned, deal with it.

  42. papichulo55 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:27 PM

    I understand that its a bit counter-intuitive, but a running QB can thrive in the NFL. Fran Tarkenton, The Mad Scrambler, played for 17 years. Pro Bowl level. And this was when the league allowed the QB to be hit!

    I think that this QB can change and adapt to the speed of NFL defenses. He is a smart man, playing for a coach that has proven that he knows how to keep a star QB on the field. Good Luck RGB.

  43. nmrdr795 says: Oct 9, 2012 11:38 PM

    MANDATORY RULE NFL. CONCUSSION SHOULD EQUAL MANDATORY WEEK OFF.

    This kids brains island on the line. A game that will be forgotten by next week can have rg3 feeling effects the rest of his life.

  44. purplengold says: Oct 10, 2012 12:24 AM

    Fresh meat for the Vikings D

  45. yousuxxors says: Oct 10, 2012 12:45 AM

    i hate the skins but this kid is good. he should go look at some rodgers tape and see how he plays. rodgers uses his athleticism perfectly.

  46. vikingsgohard says: Oct 10, 2012 1:00 AM

    Personally I think RG3 is a great player …. He has that player heart like AP there no question he’ll play this week an I’m excited about that this should be great game GO VIKES!!

  47. 86chawk says: Oct 10, 2012 1:09 AM

    Not a Skins or Vikings fan. I have seen both teams play this year and the Vikings Defense will flat out lay someone out cold. If i were the Redskins front office this kid would NOT play this game….he has a bright future ahead of him and it’s not worth it for the Skins at 2-3.

  48. pilarvirus says: Oct 10, 2012 2:59 AM

    RGIII hasn’t been trending down you idiot, we’ve just been playing conservative football running it.

  49. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 10, 2012 4:08 AM

    Skins fans are comical clowns….8 game home losing streak huh

  50. ceschatz says: Oct 10, 2012 5:18 AM

    hahahahahahaha. I love all the bandwagon fans in here talking about RG3′s completion percentage, etc… These are the same people who have been ragging on Tony Romo for years despite his #2 overall QB rating. Griffin is 2-3 in his first season. Last I checked that is a losing record.

  51. kvanhorn87 says: Oct 10, 2012 6:27 AM

    Hey Redskins fans, that’s one. 3 more in next 2 seasons and your man is cooked. I find it hilarious now when he hands off the ball that he puts his hands straight up. Hard for play action to work. Hands off, his hands go up. Fake handoff in play action, his hands dont go up. Already playing scared.

  52. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 10, 2012 7:40 AM

    Even if he didn’t play, the offense won’t suffer-Kirk Cousins can flat-out play, give him all the reps in practice and he’ll light it up, I guarantee it. I don’t think we’ll see it any time soon, but if we do, remember you heard it here first!!

    Anyway, the losses can be laid squarely at the feet of the Washington DEFENSE this season, and that is clearly the weaker side, after many years of poor offenses in DC…..Time will tell

  53. anon5121 says: Oct 10, 2012 7:49 AM

    “Mild” concussion? Didn’t know those were possible. Mild? Not hard to see RGIII’s career trajectory here. Qbing isn’t about highlight reels. It’s about being whip smart and orchestrating your offensive playmakers to championships. I could care less about the “athletic QB” if he’s sidelined by a stupid injury or another fumble (Vick).

  54. starderup says: Oct 10, 2012 9:01 AM

    If you saw the hit, you know there was nothing mild about it at all. That was a train wreck. Football players are known to rub some dirt in it and walk it off. That is how you end up like Ali, barely able to feed yourself.
    I would have asked him to take a week off. Don’t they still have Grossman? Let that guy run wild on the field. If he gets taken out, get another rookie.

  55. oldlineman says: Oct 10, 2012 9:30 AM

    The kid wants to play badly, but smarter heads have to look past the “win now” a head coach and others have to do for job security. This injury is the kids Brain, and the more we know about this, the worse it gets. His future is bright, along with many future hits to his head. He has to go the rest of week clear of problems, so he isn’t there yet. The Vikes will give him a little extra power into their shots on him Sunday. This young man is your franchise QB for a decade to come, this one game means nothing in the big picture. Remember this post, and don’t blame the Viking player to make the next Javad Best….

  56. leafeaterx says: Oct 10, 2012 9:41 AM

    @bcjim

    “Fellow DC folk…How did Nicolas Backstrom take a marginal hit and was out half the year while RGIII gets destroyed and is ready in 3 days?”

    You forgot Mike Green, amongst others… The NFL and NHL are two different leagues. Both Backstrom and Green returned just before the playoffs because in the NHL the playoffs are all that matters, not even seeding is all that important, ex. Boston a recent 8 seed that won the cup if I remember correctly (could be wrong on that seed, but no. 8 seeds do win…) while no. 1 seeds can get knocked out in the first/second round. As well, the style of hockey in the playoffs is quite distinct from the regular season. You clearly don’t understand both football *and* hockey, where with only 16 games in the NFL every game counts to even make the playoffs while the NHL allows half of its teams in. Thus, you’re comparison is fallacious.

    Whether RG3 should play is in the hands of independent doctors who have no stake, as team doctors might, to clear RG3 if he’s not ready for the contact that he will endure Sunday. The Shanahan’s, Snyder, RG3, etc. all have zero say. It’s only the neurologists, trained to make this decision, that decide. I don’t care who it is, to them RG3 is nothing more than a patient, not a football star with promos, just a patient… If this was a few years back, then one’s cynicism would be more justified. Even if the Shanahan’s had a say, I think they would choose a career over one game without a moment’s hesitation. Speculation on them though, naturally.

  57. purpleguy says: Oct 10, 2012 9:59 AM

    The guy can’t remember the score of the game he got knocked out of and he’s going to play this week? This short-sighted plan by RG3 and his coaches, with the window-dressing concussion testing, is the reason the NFL is getting sued by thousands of retired players. RG3 isn’t tough, and he isn’t superman if he plays this weekend — he’s ignorant, stupid and not looking at waht’s best in the long term. If he get’s hit again and it’s not completely healed, the damage will be exponentially worse.

  58. Frazier28/7 says: Oct 10, 2012 11:58 AM

    Look for a payback hit after Ponder was knocked out of the game last year by a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit. Peterson’s injury was part of the game.

  59. jwreck says: Oct 10, 2012 12:58 PM

    To respond to the 10,000 “He can’t remember the score and he’s going to play!!?” comments.

    You do kind of have a point, concussions are always a big deal; however, having gone through the same experience several times myself, I can say that short term memory loss, disorientation, and confusion are not as big of a deal as they seem. In fact, with any sort of brain injury, details like where you are and what’s going on around you are usually the first things to go.

    Again, not saying that concussions aren’t a big deal, and not taking a stance on whether or not Griffin should play, just informing everyone that not knowing where you are, what time it is, the score of the game, etc. is not as scary and life-threatening as it sounds.

  60. londonfletcher59 says: Oct 10, 2012 1:20 PM

    I wouldn’t be worried at all if Cousins played.

    What worries me is our piss poor defense this year.

    Like I said before, I would Love to see a game where the Skins put up 30 points when they didn’t Have to.

  61. 7ransponder says: Oct 10, 2012 2:02 PM

    Putting a potential concussion injured QB in on what many Vikings fans are seeing as a “Revenge game” from what happened to Peterson last year, is just not smart.

  62. jwreck says: Oct 10, 2012 2:56 PM

    kvanhorn87 says: Oct 10, 2012 6:27 AM

    Hey Redskins fans, that’s one. 3 more in next 2 seasons and your man is cooked. I find it hilarious now when he hands off the ball that he puts his hands straight up. Hard for play action to work. Hands off, his hands go up. Fake handoff in play action, his hands dont go up. Already playing scared.
    _______
    I find it hilarious that you take time out of your day to wish harm on a talentedyoung athlete who improves the NFL as a whole through his playmaking ability.

    More importantly, it was a joke. He made a joke during an interview about how he was going to put his hands up after a handoff to draw penalties. The kid graduated pre-law from Baylor in three years, of course he doesn’t actually put his hands up after a handoff.

  63. jwreck says: Oct 10, 2012 4:10 PM

    footballfan01 says: Oct 9, 2012 9:05 PM

    Luck is better.
    56 up 106 down
    ______
    It’s funny because if you had just said Luck is also a very good quarterback, no one would have disagreed. Luck and Griffin are friends off the field, why does every conversation between their fans have to be an aggressive pissing contest?

  64. rogergoodellsays says: Oct 10, 2012 4:35 PM

    RGIII has the same initials as me hence he can do whatever he wants, and since we have the same initials I know he won’t be joining the concussion lawsuits after he retires next year due to multiple concussions because we’re boys.

    Right RG…III?

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