Shanahan: RG3 “day-to-day” with mild knee sprain

Anyone who saw the film of Robert Griffin III’s leg wave through the air will be surprised to learn that he has not been ruled out for the game this weekend. In fact, coach Mike Shanahan ruled it a “mild” sprain when addressing the media today.

So there you have it. Robert Griffin III might still play this weekend in Cleveland. How much he’ll be affected by his knee injury will assuredly be a storyline. After seeing Kirk Cousins win the game over the weekend, there’s not necessarily a clear advantage for the Browns if he is out. Cousins is not the pedigree of RG3, but he played well and there’s very little tape or preparation time for the Browns to devote to the rookie out of Michigan State.

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  • gren

    Even if he does play, I can’t expect him to play strong after Phil Taylor/Rubin/Winn/Rucker/Hughes/Sheard/Parker are laying on top of him. (It feels good to have to type out that many solid D-Lineman.

  • Natedawg86

    I say sit him to be safe this week, so they can try to win last two div games

  • 216in614

    I hope he plays. Would rather beat him than the backup.

  • mgbode

    also, going 9-7 as a NFCE team worked last year. they want to be sure they rack up that 7th loss but not in division or conference due to tiebreakers.

  • mgbode

    counts the same either way :)

  • thepaledragon

    The obvious advantage to the Browns of Cousins instead of Griffin is that Cousin is nowhere near the run threat that RG3 is. That completely changes the gameplanning and scheming for the defense.

    The good news for us is that even if Griffin is able to play, he likely will not be as mobile, so he won’t be as able to escape our pass-rush (which has been superb, lately)

  • Jared in LA

    No one should be scared of Kirk Cousins starting, even with that game winning drive. I want a wounded RG3 in there, I want to see how we do against him. Same with the Steelers, I want to see a “healthy” Big Ben the next time against our best. Go Browns, let’s win 4 in a row.

  • C-Bus Kevin

    I’m not routing against RGIII having a great career or anything, but I feel like the concerns many had heading into the draft are coming true…mainly that he is too small and his mobility will end up being his downfall after multiple injuries.

    The guy gets absolutely crushed on a regular basis. I hope this doesn’t sound too dark, but I feel like the odds of him being healthy enough to be productive for more than 3 or 4 years in the league is a 50/50 proposition at best.