RG3 puts in limited practice, on track to play Sunday
"I did enough to give myself the confidence to push it tomorrow and Friday," Griffin said after practice. He also noted that he feels "a lot better" than he did Sunday night, and that he'll wear a knee-brace if he ends up playing this week.
The biggest news, however, has to be that he said he "can plant and throw without issue." The injury he suffered was to his right knee - the knee that generates a great deal of the power in a right-handed quarterback's throwing motion. The biggest thing for RG3 to overcome would be planting his right foot into the ground and driving off that leg to put some zip on his passes. If he's already planting and throwing without any problems, that's a great sign for his status on Sunday.
The Redskins are going to need Griffin to give themselves their best shot against the Browns, who have held their opponents to 17 points or less in five their past seven games.
If RG3 is forced to sit out, however, the Redskins have another rookie who has been sensational this season, albeit in extremely limited action. Kirk Cousins, a 4th round pick out of Michigan State, has appeared in two games this season - first when Griffin suffered a concussion against the Falcons, and then on Sunday when Griffin hurt his knee. On Sunday, Cousins threw a touchdown pass on his second pass attempt, then ran in the two point conversion to send the game into overtime. Sunday's performance brought Cousin's career quarterback rating to 107.0 (7-11, 137 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT).
While Cousins has shown signs of greatness, he is extremely inexperienced, and would have to put together a strong performance over four quarters against a defense that has been very stout over the past two months. Fortunately for the Redskins, Robert Griffin III seems quite likely to suit up and start the game.