Cleveland Browns fans weren’t the only ones worried about quarterback Robert Griffin III’s injury late in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
About 20 seconds into his postgame news conference, Griffin’s phone rang.
“Sorry about that guys,” Griffin said to the media. “It’s my mother; she’s really worried about me.”
As well she should be. That was a vicious hit that he took along the sideline. Griffin told the media that he was trying to run out of bounds but got surprised by Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills.
He was running upright and took a shot right in the chest.
RGIII getting medical attention following this hit because bruh. pic.twitter.com/AhTHoVfuON
— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) September 11, 2016
“Yeah, like I said, I was trying to get out of bounds, and he kind of just surprised me there,” Griffin said. “I feel like I did a decent job of protecting myself recently and wanted to continue that. But in the heat of that moment, it kind of just surprised me.”
Griffin said he sustained a shoulder sprain but expects to be ready to play in Week 2.
If he wants to continue to quarterback the Browns and have a chance at playing with wide receiver Josh Gordon when he returns from suspension, Griffin is going to have to do better at avoiding contact.