Injury is a persistent worry for dual-threat quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III, who figures to venture outside of the pocket more than a conventional drop back passer.On Wednesday, though, the prized Redskins rookie allayed some of those concerns when answering a question about avoiding big hits while carrying the ball.Ive told people this from the get-go: If I need to slide or run out of bounds, Im going to slide or run out of bounds, said Griffin, whose 6 foot 2, 217-pound frame is lean and wiry. But if its fourth and one with sixth seconds left on the clock in the fourth quarter, I dont care who that linebacker. You better believe Im going to try to get in that end zone. So it just depends on the situation.As a sophomore at Baylor in 2009, he suffered a season-ending knee injury when he was crunched for a loss on a fourth-and-two option play against Northwestern State. The injury occurred on the final play of the opening series of the game. If its in the first quarter, Im going to slide and run out of bounds with the best of them, Griffin said Wednesday. But if the games on the line, dont expect me to try and slide or get out of the way.Griffin also said when he chooses to slide or run out of bounds, it will be out of respect for teammates and fans.I dont look at sliding or running out of bounds as a shot to my pride, he added. Ive done it before. Its the NFL. Guys are bigger, faster stronger and they hit a little harder, so I respect that. Ill also respect my teammates by making sure I stay healthy and make sure the fans stay healthy as well.
There were a lot of wounded Redskins on the practice field on Wednesday as the team started preparations for their game against the Raiders on Sunday.
One injured player was not on the field. Jordan Reed was out with a chest injury. Obviously, there is concern but Jay Gruden said that it is too early to rule him out of the game.
A half dozen players were limited including RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Montae Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder), OT Morgan Moses (ankle), S Deshazor Everett (knee), and LB Mason Foster (shoulder).
While none of the injuries seems particularly serious, they still could affect each player’s status for the game.
Foster suffered a separated shoulder during the game, popped it back in, and continued without missing a snap. He said that said that he was letting the athletic trainers handle it. “I’m going in, getting my treatment, doing what they tell me to do,” he said.
Kelley suffered a rib cartilage injury in the second quarter on Sunday. He said that the pain was very high that day but that it has subsided since. The starting running back said that
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After Terrelle Pryor took a direct hit to his right knee in the Redskins win over the Rams, the receiver reached out to L.A. safety Cody Davis via Twitter with a polite, but firm, message.
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Standing 6'6", Pryor is one of the tallest receivers in the league. It makes sense he doesn't like getting hit in the knees, as any skilly player doesn't, but particularly with the increased height that could mean more safeties are coming in low on him.
Through two games Pryor has eight catches for 97 yards. The season hasn't started particularly strong for Pryor, though the 6-foot-5, 240 lb. wideout remains confident that his production will increase.
Pryor: “I am going to have a dominant season and it starts this week against Oakland.”— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) September 20, 2017
Redskins coach Jay Gruden did not go as far as Pryor, but does believe his team's pass game is "very close" to firing on all cylinders. QB Kirk Cousins threw for nearly 5,000 yards last season, but through two games this year, his statistics have been subpar.
To beat the undefeated Raiders, the Redskins will need a dominant performance from Pryor. He sounds like he's up for the job.
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