During the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Browns season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, Robert Griffin III left the game. The Browns QB went to the sideline after being hit following a nice run towards the first down marker. Griffin is known for extending plays with his speed, but his inability to slide and avoid danger has cost him in the past.
RGIII, my dude, why do you hate being healthy? pic.twitter.com/C79Aa1fa5B
— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) September 11, 2016
After the play, Griffin III headed to the sideline. The hit looked dangerous on first glance. However, that was mainly due to the speed at which the game is played, and not the severity of the injury. It was not a helmet to helmet play, and the tackle wasn’t egregious in any manner.
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Griffin III headed to the sideline to be checked out. While on the sideline with medical personnel, the independent concussion specialist was standing by observing. This is important to note as the NFL implemented a new rule about concussion protocol before the season began. Also, the Carolina Panthers didn’t have Cam Newton evaluated during Thursday night’s game despite the many helmet to helmet hits.
RG3 getting medical attention on the sidelines – the independent concussion specialist was nearby – and McCown warming up
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 11, 2016
It appears Griffin III didn’t have any serious injury as he returned to the game before the final whistle. This is good news for the Browns as they move on from their week one loss to the Eagles and Carson Wentz, who they thought wasn’t worth drafting in the first round. Instead, Wentz proved them wrong on in his first NFL game.
As for Griffin III and company, they have a lot of work to do before Week 2. Their playcalling today was questionable at times, and they can’t afford any more wild snaps that give up two points to the opponent. It will be interesting to see if there are any more RG3 injury updates post-game or if he simply just got the wind knocked out of him.