Robert Griffin III dodged several bullets already this season taking big hits early and often. He passed a concussion test a couple of weeks ago and kept on going.
Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons, the Washington Redskins rookie quarterback was not so lucky. Running on third down in the third quarter, he took a shoulder to the head from linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.
Griffin was able to get around defensive lineman Jonathan Babineaux, but his feet slipped as he tried to plant and gain an extra couple of yards. Then, Weatherspoon’s right shoulder collided with Griffin’s head.
Griffin has made a habit of composing himself while lying on the ground, but this time he took even longer than usual. He appeared to be woozy as he walked off the field with trainers.
He was diagnosed with what coach Mike Shanahan called a “mild” concussion. Griffin wrote on Twitter about three hours after the game: “Thank you for all the prayers & support I’m ok and I think after all the testing I will play next week.”
Griffin was walking very slowly around the sideline. He was taken from an auxiliary trainers area down the tunnel after a few minutes
He was replaced by fellow rookie Kirk Cousins, who went three-and-out on his first drive. Following Sav Rocca’s punt, the Falcons marched 47 yards for a touchdown that gave them a 14-10 lead.
Cousins’ second drive culminated with a 77-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss to recapture the lead for the Redskins. He threw two interceptions in the loss.