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Report: Robert Griffin III healing, surgery not expected

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Cleveland Browns watches warmups prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Browns opened the season with Robert Griffin III starting at quarterback, although the plan to have him run Hue Jackson’s offense proved short lived when Griffin suffered a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder during the season-opening loss in Philadelphia.

Griffin was placed on injured reserve and there were varying reports at the time about whether or not he’d be a candidate to be the Browns player designated to return before the year was out. The question of whether he’d need surgery or not appeared to be the determining factor about the answer.

Jeff Darlington of ESPN reports that a four-week checkup on Griffin’s shoulder showed that the bone is healing. As a result, doctors don’t currently believe that Griffin will need to have surgery that would almost certainly close the door on any hopes of a return to action this year.

That doesn’t mean there will be a return to action, of course. The earliest Griffin could return is Week 10 and Darlington reports that it hasn’t been determined if that’s realistic. Rookie Cody Kessler is also currently installed as the starter and has looked good enough that the team might opt to continue looking to the future regardless of Griffin’s status.

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23 Responses to “Report: Robert Griffin III healing, surgery not expected”
  1. sportmigos says: Oct 18, 2016 2:25 PM

    Live Love Laugh

    -RG3

  2. Slapshot says: Oct 18, 2016 2:33 PM

    Now the Browns’ brass will again come to the conclusion that RG3 is indeed the team’s QB of the future. No need to draft a signal-caller in next year’s draft. Problem solved, just like it was when they nixed Carson Wentz last May.

  3. onereasonableman says: Oct 18, 2016 2:34 PM

    We’re all anxiously awaiting his return in quarter one in week 10 or was that for one quarter in week 10.

  4. ballboy48 says: Oct 18, 2016 2:35 PM

    It’d be hard to take the rookie out, with the way he’s been playing.

  5. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Oct 18, 2016 2:39 PM

    Finally, the answer to the question that was on the minds of absolutely no one.

  6. randomguy9999 says: Oct 18, 2016 2:41 PM

    RGme is still the sameold guy, he believes that he can run the same way against 6 year veteran, body killer secondaries the same way he ran past college sophmores with 1% of the experience and 50 lbs less bodyweight

    he blew his career by not transtitioning fromm a college option runner to a real NFL frabchise QB

    the bust is officially over

  7. laces out says: Oct 18, 2016 2:45 PM

    Even if he’s healthy, it’s apparent Griffin is not the future in Cleveland. Neither is Whitehurst or McCown. The Browns are better off continuing to feed Kessler playing time.

    The same goes for the Jets starting Christian Hackenburg over Geno/ Fitzpatrick

  8. trickbunny says: Oct 18, 2016 2:53 PM

    “No thanks. You’re the third best QB on the team.”

    -Browns Fans

  9. najacoo22 says: Oct 18, 2016 2:55 PM

    #OperationPatience #NoPressureNoDiamonds

  10. dg2828 says: Oct 18, 2016 2:57 PM

    Meanwhile, 23 games later (including the playoff loss to GB) the Redskins are 13-10 with one division title and one game out of 1st place. RGMe’s last 21 games: 5-16. Hopefully, Hue rented and didn’t buy…

  11. learysdisciples says: Oct 18, 2016 2:57 PM

    Straight bacon in the kitchen.

  12. amaf21 says: Oct 18, 2016 2:59 PM

    #allinforweek10

  13. RussianBreadMaker says: Oct 18, 2016 3:04 PM

    No Surgery, No Diamonds.

  14. bucsorbust says: Oct 18, 2016 3:08 PM

    Stick with Kessler, bring in a veteran in the offseason, groom Kessler as the backup who may eventually start.

    Knowing the Browns, they will trade Kessler and a first rounder to the 49ers, in return for Colin Kaepernick.

  15. newsletterczar says: Oct 18, 2016 3:23 PM

    His rookie year was magic; never learned to protect himself and now it is over.

  16. avenger9800 says: Oct 18, 2016 3:29 PM

    Kessler is doing just fine, let him finish off the rest of the season to see if he can keep it up. If so, hitch the wagon to him for the 17 season and keep Josh McCown as the veteran backup. Then load up on defense in the draft to fix that side of the ball. The Browns have absolutely no pass rush, and the secondary is flat out terrible. Fix the defense to a point that Kessler doesn’t have to score 30+ points a game to even have a chance, and the Browns will be a much improved team.

  17. orivar says: Oct 18, 2016 3:45 PM

    “Rookie Cody Kessler is also currently installed as the starter and has looked good enough that the team–”

    Kessler is going to die back there. He already got injured. In fact, all their QBs got injured behind that line. If RG3 can play again this season he’ll be reinstalled, cause Kessler gonna get hurt.

  18. bluez32 says: Oct 18, 2016 4:04 PM

    Trade RGME or just cut him . Kessler is playing just fine and may be our QB of the future .

    Die hard long suffering Browns fan since 67 .

  19. donbat67 says: Oct 18, 2016 4:07 PM

    I thought he retired .

  20. troylok says: Oct 18, 2016 4:20 PM

    HGH scandal coming up in 3…2…1…

  21. scrp2 says: Oct 18, 2016 4:22 PM

    At least the Browns aren’t getting fleeced. RGIII is only making 10 million this year.

  22. captainwhodat says: Oct 18, 2016 4:45 PM

    made a bet at the end of 2014 that he wouldn’t be on an NFL roster the first game of the 2018 season…offered my buddy a 50% discount if he paid me by the end of 2016…he’s thinking seriously about it…

  23. gmille23 says: Oct 18, 2016 6:37 PM

    scrp2 says:

    “”At least the Browns aren’t getting fleeced. RGIII is only making 10 million this year”

    WRONG Try 6.7

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