Ashburn, VA (Sports Network) - Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin
III will likely be a game-day decision for Sunday's contest against the
Cleveland Browns, according to head coach Mike Shanahan.
Griffin, who suffered a Grade I sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in
his right knee during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 31-28 overtime triumph
over the Ravens, practiced for a second straight day on Thursday.
After participating in non-contact drills during Wednesday's session, the
rookie sensation looked better in Thursday's session. Shanahan said that
Griffin "looked more comfortable" on Thursday.
Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins would draw his first career start in the event
Griffin is held out. The 2012 fourth-round pick took over for a hobbled
Griffin against the Ravens and threw a touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 29
seconds left in regulation to bring the Redskins within 28-26, then ran in the
subsequent conversion attempt to force overtime.
"I don't know yet," Shanahan said when asked who would start at quarterback.
"We'll get a chance to see how Robert progresses during the week, and we'll
make a decision probably on game day."
Griffin has started every game this season for Washington, which has
vaulted back into playoff contention in the NFC by ripping off four
consecutive victories, and is presently tied with New England's Tom Brady for
the NFL lead with a 104.2 passer rating. The 22-year-old also tops all
quarterbacks with 748 rushing yards and has thrown for 18 touchdowns with just
four interceptions while completing 66.4 percent of his attempts.
The 2011 Heisman Trophy recipient has been particularly good during the
Redskins' current unbeaten run, having amassed 10 touchdown passes and only
one interception along with a 68.5 percent completion rate over that stretch.
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