At this point, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether quarterback Robert Griffin III will be playing against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. After suffering a gruesome-looking knee injury last week (which only turned out to be a sprain), Griffin’s status for this week is up in the air.
That is, unless you ask his teammate, wide receiver Pierre Garcon. Garcon was on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Tuesday and let it slip that backup Kirk Cousins would be playing in Cleveland. While he retracted the statement, the speculation was obviously out in full force after that.
On the other hand, Griffin’s father - Robert Griffin II - told USA Today that he thinks his son will play, as his rehabilitation is going well.
With the Redskins fighting for a playoff spot (a much more realistic probability than the Browns’ current chances), it’s hard to see Griffin sitting out, though this type of situation is exactly why the Redskins drafted Cousins in the first place. He’s obviously not Griffin, but he showed that he is more than capable of playing well in Sunday’s 31-28 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens.
If Griffin does play, the Browns will have their hands full. They may be riding a three-game winning streak, but this will be the toughest match-up the the team has seen in weeks and a true test of how far they’ve come.