A change of scenery signified an opportunity for Robert Griffin III to rejuvenate his injury-plagued career. But the injury bug has followed RGIII to Cleveland just one game into his fresh start.
The Browns have placed Griffin on injured reserve after he sustained a fractured coracoid bone in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Griffin also sustained an AC joint sprain in the same shoulder during the Browns’ season opener, according to All22’s Will Carroll.
Griffin will miss at least eight games and will be re-evaluated in three to four weeks. Each NFL team can designate one player on IR to return, and any player placed on IR is eligible to practice after six weeks. A decision doesn’t have to be made until that player returns to practice.
Here’s a breakdown of exactly what happened to Griffin from our injury expert, Will Carroll. He believes Griffin’s recovery could take around six weeks.
“Sustaining a ‘fractured shoulder’ sounds simple, but the shoulder is not a simple joint. It’s made up of several bones, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and more structures, all that work in concert. Griffin’s injury highlights the complex nature of the joint. On a simple fall, not unlike what has injured Tony Romo or Sam Bradford, Griffin suffered a fracture to the coracoid process as well as a sprain of the AC joint. AC (acromioclavicular) sprains are common, due to the mechanics of tackles, gravity and the weight of defensive players. The coracoid process — a small protrusion from the shoulder blade (scapula) — helps stabilize the shoulder, along with the acromion process.
When Griffin was forced to the turf, his shoulder joint was pushed forward. The acromion and coracoid processes impacted and deformed due to the forces and the two injuries, which likely came with other associated soft tissue injuries, occurred. The injury seldom needs surgery. The AC ligament is short and thick, while the coracoid process heals well if not displaced. Since it is the non-throwing shoulder, there’s little concern over mobility or strength, though the medical staff is likely to brace the shoulder. That could make throwing feel “unnatural” to Griffin if it’s too restrictive and remember, Griffin didn’t deal well with the knee brace post-surgery.”
The injury occurred late in the fourth quarter after taking a big hit while scrambling for a first down. He finished the game with 190 passing yards and an interception as the Browns lost 29-10 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Griffin said after the game he had sustained a sprained left shoulder.