Robert Griffin III made his debut as the quarterback of the Washington Redskins on Thursday night. After a slow start he made the legion of fans back at home happy with a nice scoring drive capped off by a touchdown pass to Pierre Garon.Griffin led the Redskins on three drives. The first two were nothing to write home about as the Redskins went three and out and then lost a fumble on the third play of the next drive. The fumble occurred when Griffin handed off to Evan Royster on a third and short play. The Bills recovered and scored on a 43-yard field goal by Rian Lindell. In the first two drives combined he was one for three with his first completion wearing a Redskins uniform going to Leonard Hankerson for 12 yards.The Redskins took the ensuing kickoff at the 20 and everyone got to see the RG3 that they hoped to see after the team gave up a ton of draft picks to move up in the draft to take him. After an incompletion, Griffin and Garon developed quite a rapport. Twice in a row, Griffin fired the ball own the middle to the teams other big offseason acquisition. The first one picked up 18 yards, the second one gained 20.Evan Royster then had a few nice runs and the Redskins faced third and three from the Buffalo 20. Griffin zipped a bubble screen out to Garon a couple of yards behind the line. The blocking was set up perfectly and Garon dove into the end zone head over heels.Griffin finished the night with four completions on six attempts for 70 yards and the one touchdown. His NFL QB rating was 145.8.
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.
- TE Eric Ebron (ankle/knee)
- LB DeAndre Levy (knee/quad)
- DT Haloti Ngata (shoulder)
- RB Theo Riddick (ankle)
- T Corey Robinson (ankle)
- DE Ezekiel Ansah (ankle)
- G Larry Warford (groin)
- RB Dwayne Washington (ankle)
- LB Tahir Whitehead (abdomen)
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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