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.
Here's an updated look at second-round pick Ryan Anderson's stats since the Redskins drafted him back in late April: zero career NFL tackles, one career baby named partly after him.
On Tuesday, Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt honored Anderson and fellow ex-Crimson Tide linebacker Reuben Foster by combining their last names and making that combination his newborn son's middle name.
Everyone please say hello to Flynt Anderson-Foster Pruitt:
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The gesture was not lost on Anderson, who said on Instagram that the "little guy will always hold a special place" in his heart:
One gets the sense that Anderson, who comes across as a very intense man and one whose breakfast probably consists of a bowl of motor oil, doesn't use heart emojis very often. Therefore, since he used some in his Instagram caption, you know Pruitt's decision meant a lot to him.
Jordan Reed was reportedly absent from the Redskins' voluntary OTA practice on Tuesday, but a picture on Twitter shows the stud tight end didn't skip the session just so he could lounge around on the couch.
Chad Johnson, expert on all things such as repeatedly hauling in footballs and transforming the end zone into the 18th green at Augusta National, posted this photo of him, Reed and one other fellow, presumably following a workout:
For those who want to freak out that Washington's top offensive threat didn't show up in Ashburn for his team's OTAs, it's important to remember that 1) it was not required and 2) judging by that snapshot, Reed has had no trouble staying in football shape on his own or finding people to hone his craft with.
By the way, peep that hashtag from Johnson. When a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro uses the word legendary to refer to someone else, that someone else should feel pretty good about himself.
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