CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns have designated quarterback Robert Griffin III for return from injured reserve, the team announced Wednesday morning after the young veteran was medically cleared to practice.

With the move, the Browns now have 21 days to activate Griffin, or he would be forced to remain on injured reserve for the balance of the season.


Griffin has been on the mend since suffering a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder in a lopsided Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Against the Eagles, Griffin completed just 12 of his 26 throws for 190 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, and was the Browns’ second-leading rusher with 37 yards on five scrambles outside of the pocket.

Near the end of the Browns’ loss, Griffin scrambled out of the pocket and ran toward the right sideline.

Griffin was pushed from behind by Eagles defensive back Ron Brooks into rookie cornerback Jalen Mills, who hit the quarterback in the upper torso. Griffin was evaluated on the sideline and finished the game, but further examinations revealed the broken bone.

One day after the season opener, the Browns placed Griffin on injured reserve because of the broken bone in his left shoulder.

According to a release from the team at the time, Griffin was to miss an extended period of time after tests showed he fractured the coracoid bone in his left shoulder. Surgery was not required at the time, and Griffin showed progress during his reevaluation appointments.

Griffin signed with the Browns as a free agent on March 24 after four years with Washington.

The No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, Griffin once guided Washington to the playoffs, but struggles in recent seasons led to coach Jay Gruden benching him at the start of the 2015 season. Griffin did not play a single game in 2015 and was released by the club early in the offseason.

In three years as a starter with Washington, Griffin completed 679 of his 1,063 attempts (63.9 percent) for 8,097 yards and 40 touchdowns against 23 interceptions and 14 fumbles. In addition, Griffin accounted for 1,480 yards and eight touchdowns on 244 career rushing attempts.