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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Redskins Injury Update: Robert Griffin III suffers bruised thigh in preseason showdown

By on 8/20/2014 10:30:00 AM

Robert Griffin III is a supremely talented quarterback, and he is the key to any potential turnaround the Washington Redskins have this season. But durability concerns will continue to follow him, with a right knee injury during the playoffs after his rookie season helping to fuel a dismal 2013 season for himself and the team.

Griffin came out of Monday night's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns with a bruised thigh, and though it does not appear to be a major concern it does shine a spotlight on Griffin's style of play. He acknowledged getting caught in a couple of awkward situations when he escaped the pocket against the Browns, but Griffin also admitted he needs to improve the way he slides in an effort to avoid big hits.

Head coach Jay Gruden re-affirmed Griffin's need to pick his spots as a runner and "protect himself" in order make it through a full 16-game slate. While that is obvious, it also makes sense for the Redskins to keep Kirk Cousins in the fold as a capable backup to Griffin.

Gruden's offense is certain to call for fewer designed runs from Griffin this year, and his work with Andy Dalton as Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator creates high hopes for Griffin's development as a pocket passer. But when things break down Griffin's instincts are sure to take over, and he'll have Redskins' fans and coaches holding their breath every time he takes off running.

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