Thanks to the NFL’s new injured reserve rules, Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III was a candidate to return later this season even though he was placed on IR earlier today. But RG3 is unlikely to see action again this year, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (Twitter link), who says it will be “very tough” for Griffin to return. RG3 won’t be evaluated again for three or four weeks, and then might have to undergo surgery.
Per the new rules, a player placed on IR may return to practice after six weeks but must be out for at least eight weeks before being brought back to the 53-man roster. Previously, teams had to designate their players for return at the time of being placed on IR. But given Griffin’s timeline and possible need for surgery, it doesn’t look like a return is in the cards.
Griffin signed with the Browns as a free agent in March. In the season opener against the Eagles, he completed 12 of 26 passes for 190 yards and added 37 rushing yards, but suffered a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder . While he’s out, the Browns will turn to backup Josh McCown, as the club has stated that it won’t trade for another quarterback.
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