Cleveland Browns' Robert Griffin III: Hit from defender was not dirty

CLEVELAND -- The 2016 season may have very well ended before it truly got started for first-team quarterback Robert Griffin III, as he was placed on injured reserve with a broken coracoid bone in his non-throwing shoulder in a 29-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday.

Running toward the sideline late in the loss, Griffin was pushed from behind into Eagles rookie cornerback Jalen Mills, who hit the quarterback in the upper torso while coming back into the field of play after a block from tight end Gary Barnidge.

Griffin was evaluated on the sideline and finished the game, but further testing showed the fracture. He will be reevaluated in three to four weeks to see his progress from the broken bone.

“I haven’t heard what anybody has really said, but if you watch the play, I am trying to run out of bounds and the guy comes from out of bounds back in bounds and hits me,” Griffin said. “It is not that it is an illegal play on his part.

“I do not necessarily think it was a dirty play. I just think it is something unfortunate that happened. If you watch my reaction, I was as surprised as everybody else. I was not trying to run anybody over or make it a bravado moment. I was just trying to get out of bounds. That is the way it all unfolded. It is unfortunate, but I just have to do exactly what the doctors and trainers tell me to do and be ready to go when that time comes.”

According to Griffin, he “can’t think that way” that it was another bad-luck injury, something that has plagued him since his rookie season.

“I have only missed eight games in my career due to injury,” Griffin said. “You just have to make sure you stay focused, keep your mindset right and don’t let that affect you as far as what you think or go out there and play the game. It is a beautiful game. I am very blessed to have an opportunity to play it. I look forward to getting back out there on the field.”

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.

“I’m not going to put that on him,” Griffin said. “It was an unfortunate thing. What I will say is that it wasn’t an accident. God has a plan, and my plan right now is not to play Week 2 and to be ready whenever He says it’s my time to get back out there. That is something I truly believe. That is just based on my faith. This is another something to add to the testimony, and I look forward to coming back.”


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