Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III will have his shoulder scanned “in the next couple of weeks,” reports Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com (Twitter link), who adds that the examination will determine if RG3 will be able to play again in 2016. Griffin hasn’t played since suffering the shoulder injury during Week 1.
Cleveland placed Griffin on injured reserve eight weeks ago, so if healthy, he technically could have played against the Ravens tonight if the Browns had opted to designate him as their player to return from IR. Clearly, however, RG3 isn’t yet ready to return, although a recent report did indicate that he won’t have to undergo surgery on his ailing left shoulder. Cleveland has a few other candidates that could return from IR — namely defensive back Jordan Poyer and linebacker Nate Orchard — so the club would have to weigh the pros and cons of bringing Griffin back.
With the Browns winless and seemingly attempting to develop rookie quarterback Cody Kessler, there may not be much incentive to have Griffin return. RG3 is signed through the 2017 campaign at an affordable rate, so if Cleveland still believes he could be a part of their future efforts, getting him low-pressure snaps at the end of the year could be viable.
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