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Robert Griffin III Diagnosed With A Concussion

Posted Aug 20, 2015

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion during the second quarter of Thursday's game with the Lions, leaving his immediate status up in the air.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion during the second quarter of Thursday's game with the Lions, leaving his immediate status up in the air.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III left Thursday's preseason home opener victory against the Lions after suffering a stinger and what was later confirmed to be a concussion on a play early in the second quarter.

Head coach Jay Gruden said after the game that the quarterback is following concussion protocol and will get a further examination.

“They checked his shoulder and the concussion, obviously, but his shoulder is okay,” Gruden said. “I would imagine depending on how long he is out he is still going to be our starter. We have to wait and go through the whole process and see how he recovers.”

In his fourth drive with the first team offense, and facing a 3rd and 16 from the Redskins’ own 14, Griffin III dropped back to pass and quickly moved up into the pocket looking to run. As he began to stride to his right, he dropped the football and dove to recover it.

While on the ground, Lions defensive end Corey Wooton collided with Griffin III and defensive end Darryl Tapp recovered the loose ball. As the Lions celebrated the turnover, Griffin III remained down on the field.

He stayed there for a few minutes as the training staff examined him. Eventually he was helped up and walked off the field with a couple of teammates and trainers close by. 

“It definitely makes you cringe,” said left tackle Trent Williams, who was held out Thursday with a foot injury. “You don’t want to see your quarterback get hit at all, preseason or regular season. It’s definitely not a pleasant feeling. I’m glad to see that he’s okay. It was nothing serious but you don’t want to see [it] whether it’s Robert or Colt or Kirk, you don’t want to see any of the quarterbacks hit the ground.”

Griffin III received a healthy dose of hits prior to being injured that limited three previous drives to a first down and 10 total yards.

He finished his night connecting on 2-of-5 passes for 8 yards.

“We felt confident in our tackle and our offensive line to try and get something going there with the fourth drive,” Gruden said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”

Gruden didn’t want to get too specific for some of the lapses up front without watching the game film but admitted that the line gave up considerable pressure throughout the first and early second quarters.  

“We have to do a better job of protecting the quarterback, better scheme wise and stay out of those nasty third and longs,” he said. “It was not a very good performance for our first team offense, to say the least…we have a lot of work to do.” 

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