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Team Spokesman: No Update On Robert Griffin III After Concussion
A Washington Redskins spokesman said Tuesday evening that there is nothing new to report regarding the health of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who sustained a concussion Sunday in the Redskins’ 24-17 loss to Atlanta.
Griffin was examined by both team physicians and an independent neurologist on Monday, according to head coach Mike Shanahan, and if he demonstrated no concussion-related symptoms at the time, he would be able to participate in a cardiovascular workout on Tuesday.
If Griffin was fine after that workout, he would be cleared to return to a limited practice on Wednesday. League protocol mandates players must be given approval to return to football-related activity by both a team and an independent physician and must demonstrate they can participate in a period of strenuous physical activity without a recurrence of symptoms to be able to play in a game.
Any additional symptoms experienced at this time of the week would make it extremely unlikely Griffin would play Sunday for the Redskins against Minnesota.
Griffin was hit by two Atlanta defenders, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux, while trying to scramble for a third-down conversion with roughly six minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Shanahan said after the game that Griffin could remember neither the score nor the quarter when asked by the team’s medical personnel and was diagnosed with a concussion shortly thereafter.
Players were off on Tuesday except for any individual work they wanted to accomplish. Griffin typically speaks to reporters once a week – on Wednesday – but league policy prohibits and player who is recovering from a concussion to do so.