BEREA, OH – The Cleveland Browns made it in the news for the first time this offseason for something not bad happening involving a quarterback. As of around 11am ET Thursday, Robert Griffin III is the newest name on the Browns long list of quarterbacks that they hope will work out.
Griffin, coming off a season of sitting on the pine in Washington under Kirk Cousins, was looked upon highly from the Browns coaching staff for his athleticism and potential as a passer, especially after a year of rest from injuries and playing in general. But Griffin couldn’t avoid the injury bug for long.
While literally taking his first steps at the Browns training/practice facility in Berea, Griffin planted his foot and crumbled to the ground in front of Hue Jackson and Griffin’s agent. Lying in that all too familiar position, Griffin murmured under his breath. “Not Again. Oh, no. Not Again.”
Griffin was taken to the Cleveland Clinic shortly after, with the Browns coaching staff and Girffin’s people fearing the worst. Ligament specialist Dr. Bryce Johnson diagnosed the quarterback with a partially torn ACL, re-injuring the same he’s torn through previously.
Multiple sources and players around the league think Griffin used this as a ploy, purposely injuring himself to avoid having to play for the Browns, but Griffin’s camp has denied such allegations, calling them, “plausible, but unlikely.”
No word yet on if the Browns will revoke their 2-year, 12 million dollar offer they had on the table, but team owner Jimmy Haslam joking noted, “We’ll bring it to him next time…”