The Cleveland Browns have had too many injuries at the quarterback position not to receive a bit of promising health news.
The team’s original embattled starter, Robert Griffin III, is healing well and will not require the shoulder surgery many anticipated, ESPN reported Tuesday. This is, of course, barring any setbacks in the recovery process for the broken coracoid bone in his left shoulder that he suffered trying to run out of bounds late in the Week 1 29-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fearing the injury could end Griffin’s season but wanting to keep possibilities open, the team placed him on injured reserve with a designation to return. The timetable set up so that his first eligible game back could be Nov. 10 against the Baltimore Ravens. Although he is reportedly healing on his own, an actual time frame for his return to the field is less clear.
In the meantime, the Browns will continue searching for their first win with third-round rookie Cody Kessler, who is coming off a 336-yard, 2-touchdown performance in a 28-26 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The Browns are also awaiting the return of veteran Josh McCown, who needs clearance to play after suffering a broken collarbone in a Week 2 loss to the Ravens.
Griffin’s return might not net success for a rebuilding franchise, but it would give the Browns another chance to evaluate one of the more polarizing free-agent signings of the offseason. After they passed on Carson Wentz at the No. 2 spot in the draft and have since watched him shine with the Eagles, the Browns would welcome another opportunity to see whether Griffin can translate to Hue Jackson’s balanced, pro-style offense — as well as whether he can avoid enough hits to stay healthy.