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RG3 injury could impact TV scheduling for 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III accepts the the award for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the year during the NFL Honors award show in New Orleans Reuters

Within the next day, the football-following world will turn its attention to the 2013 season.  And in less than three months, the full schedule of 256 regular-season games will be announced.

The jockeying for prime TV real estate already is beginning.  According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the networks have asked the NFL and the NFL has asked the Redskins about the expected date on which Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will be ready to play following a serious knee injury suffered four weeks ago today.

But there’s no way of knowing with certainty in April the status of Griffin come September, which could mean that any potential prime-time dates for D.C.’s team will be delayed until deeper into the season.

Regardless of when Griffin is ready to play, Schefter reports that Griffin is nearly certain to open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, like Vikings running back Adrian Peterson did in 2012.

Redskins fans will be elated if the similarities don’t end there.

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17 Responses to “RG3 injury could impact TV scheduling for 2013”
  1. umainebearman says: Feb 3, 2013 1:34 PM

    Its not going to be like AP because AP has an owner that knows what a playable surface should look like and the coach knows when to pull a player who is injured. Whenever Bob gets back on the field it wont matter because hes got an owner and a coach trying to end his career.

  2. stampnhawk says: Feb 3, 2013 1:34 PM

    Isn’t every NFC East only matchup a top candidate for primetime anyways? No different next year…the justicication for the Eagles will be a new coach. RG3 for the Redskins. Giants (if they need one) will be Superbowl hosts…Cowboys will be because they are the Cowboys.

    I suspect that there will be more NFC East primetime games then those involving the last 8 teams that were in the playoffs.

    Manning going back to Indy will be one of the primetime games, the Superbowl winner obviously opening night…if the TV execs have any sense, one or both of the Seattle/SF games should be primetime, and then a Pats game…but outside of that, its which NFC East games they can squeeze in first, and then build the rest of the primetime schedule after that.

  3. duncanthecat says: Feb 3, 2013 1:40 PM

    If the Redskins shore up the defense and add a little speed on the offense, they may well go from a top 10 position to a top 5. RGIII had learned his lesson and will now be playing within his capacity. Much like Cap and Wilson, take what is given. I see another big season from him, if he starts week 1 or week 5.

  4. jwreck says: Feb 3, 2013 2:01 PM

    duncanthecat says: Feb 3, 2013 1:40 PM

    If the Redskins shore up the defense and add a little speed on the offense, they may well go from a top 10 position to a top 5.
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    I hate to disagree with yon this, because I agree with everything else you said, and obviously DC’s defensive backfield may be one of the least talented units of any kind in the NFL (Arizona’s offensive backfield maybe). But I’m not really sure how much speed Washington needs. They were 4th in total points, have three starting receivers who run between a 4.3 and 4.4, we and were 9th in the league in time of possession (which doesn’t sound that great, but the difference between 1 and 9 is literally 90 seconds). Regardless of whether the defense improves or not, Washington’s game plan should contuinue to be clock control and consistent scoring, not additional speed.

  5. jwreck says: Feb 3, 2013 2:03 PM

    While I and all positive-minded NFL fans are excited for good news about Robert Griffin’s knee, it is interesting how big of a factor it will be this year. For one thing this is the one year where the draft will have no effect on primetime scheduling. While players like Newton, Luck, and Griffin all had a big impact on schedules over the last couple years (no slight to Wilson, but he was something of an unknown heading into last season), there is no individual 2013 rookie that fans will be really excited to see in primetime.

    Additionally, while divisional rivalries are always fun, there don’t seem to be many really big interdivisional or interconference matchups coming up in 2013. Perhaps the NFL is so concerned with Robert Griffin’s knee because Griff versus Kaep could be a really great match-up (or a boring, colossal beat-down, depending on how much secondary help Washington gets this year).

    Either way, next year expect to see a lot more of the players who made the NFL so exciting and volatile this year on Sunday and Monday nights.

    And before anyone tells me how dumb I am for saying “there don’t seem to be many really big interdivisional or interconference matchups coming up in 2013″; Kaepernick plays Griffin, Wilson, and Luck, not to mention a rematch against Ryan. Additionally, Peyton plays Luck in what could either be another great match-up or another boring, colossal beat-down. So basically 50% of what I said above is wrong, but I’m not going back to fix it now.

  6. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 3, 2013 2:22 PM

    The NFL should just schedule any Redskins prime time games after week. As much as people want to believe RG3 can do what Peterson did is hoping for an awful lot. Thus is his SECOND ACL in five years. If the Skins want him long term they better not rush this one.

  7. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 3, 2013 2:23 PM

    The NFL should just schedule any Redskins prime time games after week 8. As much as people want to believe RG3 can do what Peterson did is hoping for an awful lot. Thus is his SECOND ACL in five years. If the Skins want him long term they better not rush this one.

  8. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 3, 2013 2:30 PM

    jwreck – i think the RG3 will only face off against Kap this coming year. I believe the NFC East playes the AFC West next year and the NFC North. The other two games the Skins will play is against San Fran and Atlanta (both division winners). He will not play Wilson or Luck next year.

  9. csilojohnson says: Feb 3, 2013 2:41 PM

    Pump him up with HGH and get him back to work.

  10. onbucky96 says: Feb 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    Good. Put the Packers back @noon. 315pm is for lousy west coast football. You can take Prime Time football and shove it too.

  11. stairwayto7 says: Feb 3, 2013 2:56 PM

    That means Washington wont play, Dallas Giants or Eagles until later in season!

  12. flipadelphia77777 says: Feb 3, 2013 4:51 PM

    Actually that’s not what it means at all

  13. romospersonalsnuggie says: Feb 3, 2013 5:33 PM

    My stuff always gets deleted on florios articles cuz he’s a douche

  14. watermelon1 says: Feb 3, 2013 5:44 PM

    No matter what happens in the Super bowl tonight…

    The Ravens were already in line for quite a few prime time games.

    JUST going off their HOME opponents next year:

    Pittsburgh, New England, Houston, Green Bay, Minnesota, NYJ(Rex Ryan vs. former team), Bengals(usually a close/tough division game)

    Then of course… there is the other half of the schedule where they travel which includes another game against Pittsburgh, then Chicago and Denver.

    I’m going to assume the NFL does everything they can to make the season opener New England @ Baltimore if the Ravens win it all.

  15. skinsdiehard says: Feb 3, 2013 10:36 PM

    Its not going to be like AP because AP has an owner that knows what a playable surface should look like and the coach knows when to pull a player who is injured. Whenever Bob gets back on the field it wont matter because hes got an owner and a coach trying to end his career.
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    I knew that his injury would somehow be blamed on the owner. Unbelievable. When Ngata tackled him I guess the owner told RG3 to not run out of bounds and cut back up field. He also told the center to snap the ball awfully to cause him to twist his knee. You are mentioning the field condition to exacerbate the situation. Dumb ass, again he was injured on a tackle, not due to the field surface.

  16. paredskinwarrior1985 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:42 PM

    the season opener on TNF will be the redskins and the return of weapon x Rg3 vs the eagles and the debut of chip kelly and his new qb alex smith!! book it

  17. jwreck says: Feb 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    jwreck:
    Perhaps the NFL is so concerned with Robert Griffin’s knee because Griff versus Kaep could be a really great match-up (or a boring, colossal beat-down, depending on how much secondary help Washington gets this year)…

    Kaepernick plays Griffin, Wilson, and Luck, not to mention a rematch against Ryan.
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    bigbluenationdb says:
    Feb 3, 2013 2:30 PM
    jwreck – i think the RG3 will only face off against Kap this coming year. I believe the NFC East playes the AFC West next year and the NFC North. The other two games the Skins will play is against San Fran and Atlanta (both division winners). He will not play Wilson or Luck next year.
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    I can’t disagree with you, but I can point out that that’s exactly what I said.

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