After the dust settled on the Browns NFL Week 1 contest last night, the Cleveland Browns had to place new quarterback Robert Griffin III on the injured reserve with a fractured corcacoid bone in his left shoulder. He is expected to be out for an extended period of time, and the team does not have to make a decision on bringing him back until he is able to return to practice under the new rules for this season. Each team is allowed to designate one player to return; however, the player will have to miss a minimum of eight games. Fox Sports (via Peter Schrager) was the first to report where the extent of this injury might go.
How Did RG III Get Hurt?
So, during the fourth quarter of Cleveland’s ultimate loss to the Eagles on Sunday, RG III was trying to run out of bounds when he got hit near the sideline. He continued to remain in the game for three subsequent running plays (by the running back) before the game was over. The extent of the injury became known after play had concluded. For his first performance in a Cleveland uniform, RG III was 12 for 26 passing for 190 yards and one interception. His injury has now setup the return of Josh McCown to take over the starting quarterback duties until Griffin is able to return in the back half of the season. He (Griffin) is expected to undergo a re-evaluation in approximately three to four weeks.
How Did Josh McCown do as the Quarterback Last Season?
Josh McCown actually performed fairly well for Cleveland last season. McCown was slated to start eight games for the Browns during the 2015 NFL season. In these games, he averaged 233.6 yards per game passing, had a 63.7% passing completion rate, and threw 12 touchdowns against four interceptions. Although the team may not set any records for this season, McCown appears to be more than capable at the age of 37 to hold down the fort until either RG III returns to play or gets shut down based on how he recovers from the injury. If you would like to check out the Browns or your favorite NFL team’s schedule for the rest of the 2016 season, we have them all posted here for you to enjoy for free.