Here’s your weekly “Robert Griffin III’s time in Washington is so, so weird” update. First, with regards to today’s game, Griffin is inactive.
All things considered, this news probably isn’t that surprising. Griffin suffered a concussion during one of the Redskins’ preseason games, and after originally getting cleared by a doctor, it was announced the following day that he needed to spend a little time on the shelf. We also knew that the team planned on starting Kirk Cousins, so it didn’t seem like Griffin was going to play much even if he was at 100 percent, anyway.
What is surprising is how RGIII helped his team get ready for this week’s season opener against Miami. Apparently Griffin – who, according to the team’s roster and the fact that he has played there ever since he was in college, is a quarterback – practiced with the scout team defense as a safety this week, according to NFL.com:
That question became especially difficult to answer this week based on occurrences during practices when Griffin, according to multiple team sources, was running with the scout team defense as a safety. Yes … a safety.
It is also intriguing since the team has recently reconsidered the original notion that they would list Griffin as the backup once fully healthy for the entire week leading up to Week 2, a team source said. More likely now, Griffin will be the third-string quarterback.
Fortunately for Washington, nothing happened to Griffin, as the squad would have owed him $16.2 million if he got hurt playing safety. While he was offered a scholarship by Texas to play defensive back when he was in high school, it’s still crazy that the Redskins would put him in that situation for so many different reasons.