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.
An explosive talent with a long-record of off-field issues, Browns receiver Josh Gordon announced Thursday that he will head for rehab.
Gordon missed the entire 2015 season due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy, but when he has played, he has produced. In 14 starts during the 2013 season Gordon caught 87 balls for more than 1,600 yards and nine touchdowns.
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A teammate of Robert Griffin III's at Baylor, some in Cleveland hoped that reuniting the QB and WR would bring back their college fireworks. That plan faded first when Griffin got injured Week 1, and while Gordon is still suspended, some hope remained that the two could connect later in the season. For now, it seems that plan will not work.
Without the decision to enter a rehab facility, Gordon would have missed the Redskins game this Sunday due to suspension.
Here are the highlights of Jay Gruden’s Thursday news conference:
—Don’t look for John Sullivan to start at center on Sunday. “I think the first go around will be as a backup—which is very important as we found out last week.” Between this and the word around Redskins Park that Trent Williams is going to play left tackle it looks like Arie Kouandjio will make his first NFL start at left guard against the Browns.
—Gruden said on Monday that Bashaud Breeland (ankle) and Shawn Lauvao (ankle) are “week to week” with their injuries. When asked if he could assign a number to how much time each is expected to miss, Gruden said he couldn’t. “It just depends on how quickly they recover.”
—Gruden has been impressed with Trent Murphy ever since he came to the team as a second-round pick in 2014. Now others are becoming impressed with him as he leads the team in sacks with 3. The coach cited Murphy’s work ethic in the weight room and on the field as reasons for his emergence.
—Jamison Crowder is tied for the team lead with 16 receptions and he has caught two touchdown passes. Gruden said that he hasn’t necessarily improved from last year. “He’s just getting more opportunities—ball in his hand. He’s playing a lot more.”
—DeSean Jackson (knee/ankle) was limited in practice on Thursday after being out on Wednesday. “He’ll do more tomorrow,” said Gruden. “And I think he should be ready to go, I would guess.”
—It looks like Gruden is trying to motivate Matt Jones a little bit. He said that he liked Jones’ running style on the final drive. But before that, not so much. “I think in the first three quarters there are some runs he didn’t cap off like we want him to, really to be quite honest.”
—Will we see Duke Ihenacho on Sunday? “Could be,” he said. “We’re going to dress four safeties most likely and they’re all probably get an opportunity.” Ihenacho played 13 snaps against the Giants, his first action on defense this year.