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Washington Planning To Keep RGIII As Backup

NFL News
September 5, 2015

Despite recently suffering a third-career concussion and falling out of favor with the Washington coaching staff, it sounds like the organization is planning on keeping Robert Griffin III. According to Liz Clarke and Mark Maske of the Washington Post, Washington will keep the former second-overall pick as a backup, with a source telling the writers that, “[h]e’s on our team.”

The former Heisman winner suffered a concussion against the Lions of August 20th, and a week later he was cleared to play. However, the independent neurologist changed his decision, deciding to approach the situation with caution. According to the Post, that neurologist has since “resigned from the neurological consultant program operated by the league.” He will continue to determine RGIII’s playing status.

As the 4 p.m. roster deadline quickly approaches, the organization would surely like more definitive information on the quarterback. Coach Jay Gruden said Griffin was being retested on Friday, and NFL rules say the team can’t cut or trade the quarterback until he’s medically cleared.

The writers expect Griffin to fall to third on the quarterback depth chart, behind started Kirk Cousins and journeyman Colt McCoy.

In nine games last season, Griffin finished with 1,694 passing yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. He added 176 yards rushing.

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