Robert Griffin III to support Cleveland Browns teammates during injury

CLEVELAND -- Quarterback Robert Griffin III may be unable to play for the next eight weeks because of a broken coracoid bone in his non-throwing shoulder, but he is not going to abandon his teammates in their time of need.

Despite suffering the injury in a 29-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field last Sunday, Griffin will do everything in his power to support the Browns and veteran quarterback Josh McCown while rehabbing his shoulder.

“It is football,” Griffin said, “but I am just going to continue to be there, keep everything the same, keep the process the same, be there for Josh and the other QBs and the rest of the team and be a vocal leader since I cannot go out and be a leader by example and play.

“I am excited for the rest of the guys to go out and have the home opener this week against Baltimore, a division rival. I’m still in it with these guys. I love this team and I am going to be here. I believe in these guys. God willing, I will be able to come back this year and play. I am going to make sure my mind is right and I get my body back righteous so I can have that opportunity. I’m in it with these guys every step of the way.”

Running toward the sideline late in the loss to the Eagles, Griffin was pushed from behind into defensive back Jalen Mills, who hit the quarterback in the upper torso. Griffin was evaluated on the sideline and finished the game, but further testing showed the fracture. Griffin will be evaluated in three or four weeks to see his progress.

“All I can do is take care of what I can take care of, do exactly what the doctors ask me to do,” Griffin said. “They asked me to wear a sling, so I am wearing a sling. Just do exactly what they tell me to do and see what happens in three or four weeks and pray for the best and just keep my mind sharp and ready to roll.”

Although Griffin will not yet undergo surgery, he will not let those looming questions to impact his mindset.

“My job is to stay optimistic, stay positive, be here for my teammates and make sure that my mind is ready to roll,” Griffin said.

“I have been through a lot in my career. You fight through a lot of things, but when I came to the conclusion that God has a different story for me to tell right now, this is going to be part of it. I look forward to coming back from this and getting a chance to play with these guys and win some games and change the culture in Cleveland.”


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