NEW YORK -- Its finally officially official. Robert Griffin III is a Redskin.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Baylor was going to Washington with the second pick in the draft soon after the Colts made Stanford QB Andrew Luck the first overall selection. Redskins fans have been counting down to that moment ever since early March, when the team struck a deal with the Rams to move up in the draft.
The trade was one of the biggest in NFL history, and it was a costly one for the Redskins. To move from the sixth overall spot to the second, they gave up their first- and second-round picks this year and their first-round choices in 2013 and 2014. But if Griffin can become the franchise quarterback the Redskins have been trying to find for at least two decades, it will be worth every bit of what they paid and then some.
Both the Redskins and Griffin have been coy about the quarterback coming to Washington. For a while, it looked like the Colts were wavering between Griffin and Luck. Lately, there have been strong signs that Luck was their man and that was confirmed tonight.
The Redskins would have been happy with either Luck, who has been called the best quarterback prospect in 20 years, or Griffin, and they were perfectly content to let the Colts make their pick and take the QB that Indianapolis bypassed.
Although the Redskins organization may have been happy with either choice, their fans clearly wanted RG3 to come to D. C. Tonight, on what some were calling Griffmas, they got their wish.
WR Josh Doctson (Achilles)—While they wanted to wait until after the bye week to make this determination they sent the top draft pick to some more specialists and the decision was made to put him on the shelf. Jay Gruden said that he could return later in the season. The earliest he could do so would be Week 15.
TE Jordan Reed (concussion)—The star tight end had symptoms after the Ravens game and it was determined that he has a concussion. This week he did get to practice on a limited basis on Wednesday but he was not on the field Thursday or Friday. This will be the second game missed for Reed.
WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder)—He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday but he practiced on Friday and Gruden said “he ran around pretty good”. Both Jackson and Gruden seem to be confident that he will play but that remains to be seen.
Not on injury report
LB Su’a Cravens (concussion)—He entered the concussion protocol immediately after the Browns game. The rookie was a full go in practice on Thursday and Friday and Gruden said that “he’s good to go” after missing two games.
Check back for the Lions injury report when it is released later today.
When the Redskins drafted Josh Doctson No. 22 overall, the idea was the rookie receiver out of TCU would push DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon for snaps and catches. An Achilles injury limited Doctson's ability to hit the field, and now has landed the receiver on the injured reserve list.
Washington coach Jay Gruden announced the move to IR on Friday and said "It's best for him. For his state of mind it's important to get this thing fixed."
Doctson opened training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list and did not play in the preseason. He did not open the regular season on the IR, however, and played in the Redskins first two games against the Steelers and Cowboys, both losses.
From there, Doctson was inactive for four weeks before landing on the IR.
"I feel terrible for Josh," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said.
Moving Doctson to the IR had been discussed for a few weeks as his Achilles injury did not seem to improve, but Gruden and the Redskins front office wanted to wait and see if the rookie could rebound from the injury. A myriad of tests have been done on the affected area and did not reveal damage, so the cause of Doctson's pain remains unknown.
Expect much more information on Doctson and what it means for the Redskins receiving group to come.
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