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The Cleveland Browns announced Monday that quarterback Robert Griffin III has a fractured bone in his left shoulder and has been placed on the injured reserve.
Although he does not need surgery, Griffin will still miss an extended period of the season. The earliest he could return is Week 10.
Griffin’s injury came against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1 as he scrambled on a long third down:
“It was an unfortunate play,” Griffin said after the game, which Cleveland lost, 29-10. “Just trying to score a touchdown and put us in a position to have a chance to win the game. It hurt pretty bad, but I felt like I had to get back out there and finish the battle with my teammates out on the field.”
Here’s the statement on Griffin’s injury:
RGIII being placed on injured reserve: pic.twitter.com/yPN1qz74py
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 12, 2016
This is familiar territory for Griffin, whose tenure in Washington was defined by injuries. And once again, Griffin has been injured on a run in which he failed to slide.
Griffin has twice previously suffered serious injuries on runs in which he did not slide, including a concussion and a torn ligament in his knee.
In the meantime, Josh McCown will take over the offense for Cleveland. Against Baltimore last year, he threw for 457 yards – a franchise record.