Such that Robert Griffin III would go looking for contact, he said Wednesday that he wasn’t actually trying to lower the shoulder on a defender on the play which caused his broken shoulder.
Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Griffin called the collision which led to a broken coracoid bone and a stint on injured reserve an accident.
“It was just an unlucky situation,” Griffin said. “I got pushed in the back — maybe not the hardest push — but I was running full speed, and I didn’t have an opportunity to slide before that. I felt like I could get out of bounds. That didn’t happen.”
He said that the push in the back that sent him into cornerback Jalen Mills seemed to surprise them both.
“I watched the play,” Griffin said. “I did get pushed in the back, and at the last second, the defender came off of Gary [Barnidge, the Browns tight end], and hit me and I didn’t have an opportunity [to protect myself]. That’s why I think what happened happened, because I didn’t get a chance to truly protect myself and that’s when I got hit underneath my shoulder pad. . . .
“(But) not everybody wants to look at that. They want the sexy story. They want to say that I’m not protecting myself. It’s just something that happened and it’s unfortunate.”Griffin will miss at least the next eight weeks, and possibly the rest of the season. He’s going to be reevaluated in three to four weeks.
Griffin will miss at least the next eight weeks, and possibly the rest of the season. He’s going to be reevaluated in three to four weeks. He said “God willing,” he’d come back this season, but he’s not going to rush himself.