Washington Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III has been out of the lineup since Week 2 of the 2014 season when he dislocated his ankle against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Fortunately, there was no serious damage done to any of the bones in Griffin's ankle, allowing a mid-season return rather than disheartening season ending injury. Could this be the week Griffin makes his return?
Had this organization still been coached by Shanahan's, we might know the exact timetable of RG3's return, but Jay Gruden has been keeping the whole situation entirely in the dark. All we know is that Griffin must be 100 percent physically and mentally prepared before he makes his return. There will be no "All in for Week 1" this time around. The organization and fans will have to wait to see their dual-threat Quarterback back on the football field. Whether fans like it or not, Griffin hasn't proved to be the most durable player on the turf. He has torn his ACL twice, and this recently suffered ankle injury just adds to the uncertainty of his health. For his sake, he can pull it all together and avoid any serious or unnecessary punishment to his body for the rest of the year.
As of right now, Griffin is listed as Questionable for Washington's Monday night contest against the Dallas Cowboys. Is it crazy to think that Robert makes his return for prime time football? It might be improbable, but not impossible. The Redskins are sitting at 2-5, and they desperately need a spark on offense. The season isn't over yet, and Griffin is just what the doctor ordered for a turnaround season. At the same time, the Redskins must be careful with how they handle this situation. They shouldn't rush Griffin back to the field if he isn't ready. So far, he has logged three limited practices. This could be an indication that he is ready to go and they are prepping him for Monday night, or they could just be trying to fool the Cowboys into thinking he will start so they game-plan differently. The latter is more likely, but this will be a "game time" decision, so we won't know until Monday night.
Even if Griffin doesn't make his return this week, this is still a very winnable game for the Washington Redskins. If Colt McCoy makes the start at Quarterback, he will need to play mistake-free football. If he can accomplish this task, the game could tilt in Washington's favor. This game has the makings of a shootout; it should be an exciting matchup, even if Robert Griffin III doesn't make the start.