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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Redskins Injury Update: Robert Griffin III will start Week 9

By on 10/30/2014 11:45:00 AM

The Washington Redskins are coming of an upset win in overtime over the Dallas Cowboys last Monday night, as Colt McCoy started under center and played well. Robert Griffin III has been out since suffering a dislocated ankle in Week 2, and ramped up practice activity last week fueled speculation we would be suit up against Dallas. Griffin wound up being inactive Monday night, but he will reportedly start on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings after practicing in full on Wednesday.

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden suggested Griffin was "very, very close" to returning earlier this week, while also suggesting the team would not rush the return of their franchise quarterback. Griffin's injury history demands caution and some assertion he can be at full strength going forward, so we can assume he will not be limited at all barring some sort of setback between now and kickoff on Sunday.

Griffin has had a fair amount of success in two career games against the Vikings, averaging 231.5 passing yards and 91 rushing yards per game with six total touchdowns (four passing, two rushing) while completing over 69 percent of his passes. Minnesota's defense is far better than it has been in recent years, but fantasy owners with a bye week issue could consider using Griffin as long as he remains on track to start.

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