The Redskins nightmare scenario played out Sunday at FedEx Field.
Their 24-17 loss to the Falcons dropped their record to 2-3. But that might turn out to be a mere footnote to Week 5 if the injury to quarterback Robert Griffin III proves to be serious.
Griffin, the face of the franchise and arguably the most exciting player in the NFL, left the game with about six minutes remaining in the third quarter after taking a vicious blow to the helmet.
Several minutes later, the team announced that Griffin was shaken up and questionable to return.
Griffin did not take another snap after the play, recorded officially as a sack for two yards; an update on his status was not immediately available after the game. Griffin was 11 of 17 for 95 yards passing when he was replaced by fellow rookie Kirk Cousins.
Griffin was injured as he attempted to extend a play deep in Redskins territory. As he raced toward the right sideline, Griffin appeared to attempt to slide as two Falcons defenders closed in.
But as he went down, Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon delivered a punishing hit to Griffins helmet with his shoulder, snapping the quarterbacks head back. Griffins helmet also appeared to ricochet off of defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux as the three collided.
Griffin was slow to get to his feet and appeared wobbly as he made his way to the sideline. After being examined in room behind the Redskins sideline, Griffin was escorted to the Redskins locker room by a team doctor.
Stay with Comcast SportsNet and CSN.Washington.com for the latest on Griffin's status.