The Browns will get Robert Griffin III back on the practice field today. The team announced that RG3 is their player designated for return, kickstarting their three week window to place him on the active roster.
Griffin’s season ended just as it started when he suffered a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder in the season opener. After the injury, it was unclear whether he would be able to suit up again in 2016. He now looks to return to the team at a time when they are winless through eleven games and desperately seeking a W.
The quarterback will be eligible to play in Sunday’s showdown with the Giants in Cleveland. If the Browns can’t win against the G-Men, they’ll have to win against the Bengals, Bills, Chargers, or Steelers in order to avoid matching the 2008 Lions.
Griffin, a fifth-year pro, set NFL rookie records for passer rating (102.4), interception percentage (1.27), and rushing yards by a quarterback (815) en route to being named the Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2012. Starting 13 games in 2013, Griffin recorded a career-high 3,203 passing yards and became the fifth quarterback in NFL history to record 3,000 passing yards in each of his first two seasons. He was hoping to be reignited by a change of scenery in Cleveland, but his Week 1 injury has pushed the pause button on that pursuit.
Thanks to injuries and a bizarre final season in Washington, Griffin has appeared in just 10 games since the end of the 2013 season.
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