CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III has been on the mend since suffering a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder in a lopsided Week One loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, and that road to recovery could be coming to an end in short order.
According to Browns coach Hue Jackson, Griffin was “cleared for practice without contact” and could return to the team before the end of the regular season should there be no setbacks in his on-field work.
“There is a chance that things will work out,” Jackson said after Friday’s practice. “He still has to get there and there is another procedure that he needs to go through medically to see for sure if he is totally okay.
“If the bone is healed totally, properly, he will have the opportunity to start practicing next week and go out there with his teammates and perform and do what he can do. There still will be one more medical hurdle for him to clear to be totally cleared to play.”
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 sideline on the right side of the field.
Griffin was pushed from behind into another Eagles defender, 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.
“He definitely has to have this test in order to move forward to take the noncontact part off of him,” Jackson said.
The Browns placed Griffin on injured reserve because of a broken bone in his left shoulder one day after the season opener.
According to a release from the team at the time, Griffin was expected to miss an extended amount of games 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 has not been designated for return, but can be at any time, after the Browns sidelined him for a mandatory amount of at least eight games.
“I think it is next week,” Jackson said of Griffin’s final medical tests. “I don’t know exactly what day, but I think it is next week at some point.”