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“We’re going to go through the process with Robert,” he said. “Hopefully there is no setback and he’s ready to go.”

Cousins threw a touchdown and two interceptions in finishing the loss to Atlanta. Griffin, by contrast, has only one interception in five games.

“We’ll see what happens,” Cousins said, “but obviously I hope he gets back quickly and is healthy.”

Teammates lamented losing their offensive spark plug. Griffin’s importance to the offense is unmistakable because of his throwing and dynamic running ability.

“We can’t be letting our quarterback take shots like that, regardless of it’s the sideline,” fullback Darrel Young said. “We’ve just got to put him in a better situation, whether it be us running routes, us blocking. We really can’t help him out there, but maybe run a better route or do something different.”

The hope inside Redskins Park is that Griffin at least will learn from this experience. Shanahan and other coaches have preached to him the importance of preserving his health by making smart decisions, such as sliding to avoid contact and throwing the ball away when it’s appropriate to do so instead of extending a play.

“When that quarterback gets that first hit like he received, they slide a little bit sooner in plays that count,” Shanahan said. “They kind of protect themselves a little bit more. After talking about it with Robert, if you slide a little bit quicker, you protect yourself. We tell him how much we need him and how valuable he is to our football team.”