Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is undergoing testing today after leaving yesterday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter with a concussion.
Griffin, 22, will undergo examinations today with team physicians and an independent neurologist, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said today in a news conference. If the rookie passes those tests, he will be able to participate in cardio workouts tomorrow, and possibly return to practice on a limited basis on Oct. 10, according to Shanahan.
“He’s feeling good,” Shanahan said. “No dizziness, no headaches, no vomiting. He feels like he’s done well on the tests that he’s done so far.”
With six minutes remaining in the third quarter of a tie game and the Redskins driving inside Atlanta’s five yard-line, Griffin rushed around the right end and was hit by Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon next to the sideline.
Griffin, who appeared to lose his footing before Weatherspoon’s right shoulder made contact with his helmet, attempted to get up immediately, but remained down on the field for a few seconds before being helped to his feet. No penalty was called and Griffin didn’t return to the game at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
“I’m OK and I think after all the testing I will play next week,” Griffin said on his Twitter feed last night.
The Falcons won 24-17 to stand 5-0 on the season.
Griffin remembered the score of the game and the quarter when he first got to the sideline after the hit but couldn’t answer the same questions a few minutes later. Shanahan said he could tell immediately by looking into Griffin’s eyes that something wasn’t right.
“We should find out in the next few days,” he said. “Right now it looks good. I’m not really sure if it will stay that way, but the professionals will monitor his condition and let us know if he can play.”
The second selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Griffin is 2-3 as a starter. He’s completed 69 percent of his passes for 1,161 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. He’s also rushed for 241 yards and four scores.
Rookie Kirk Cousins, selected in the fourth round, took over for after Griffin’s injury. He threw for 111 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions, which came on the team’s final two possessions.