Redskins fans can breathe a sigh of relief. ESPN’s resident all-knowing elf Adam Schefter reports that QB Robert Griffin III has passed all his concussion tests and will start for Washington. Griffin of course left last week’s game with a head injury after getting hit hard while sliding out-of-bounds. Griffin was reportedly so out-of-it on the sidelines after the hit that he couldn’t remember where he was. But he’s recovered quickly and been given medical clearance.
The concussion raised some concerns about Griffin’s style of play and the way Washington has been using him. Griffin has been a weapon running the ball this year and the Redskins have willingly played to that strength by employing read-option packages. But letting Griffin run around does expose him to big hits like the one he took against Atlanta. Will Washington now pull back the reins on that or will they continue to use Griffin on designed runs? We’ll see how they approach things today against the Vikings. Minnesota’s defense is very physical and those guys will not be shy about knocking Griffin’s block off if they get the chance. The Redskins might be smart to just keep Griffin in the pocket.
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