By Barbara Harrison

Last we heard of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III he was claiming to be “the best QB in the NFL.”

Three days after that:

“He has a concussion,” said Jay Gruden after the Redskins’ 21-17 preseason win over the Lions. “We will get a further exam and do all the things we have to do.”

When Griffin left the game, it was announced that he had a stinger and was being examined for a head injury. The head injury turned out to be the issue, not the stinger.

“They checked the shoulder and the concussion, obviously, but his shoulder is OK,” said Gruden.

Gruden said that he does not yet know how long the concussion will sideline Griffin for. He must be checked daily by an independent doctor and be free of all symptoms before returning to practice.

Griffin was under pressure for much of the four possessions he played. After his last play, where he dropped back to pass, fumbled, and got hit by a pair of jumbo-sized defensive linemen, he had been hit six times and sacked three times in eight pass dropbacks.

Gruden was asked if he considered taking Griffin out of the game earlier considering the pressure he was getting.

“No, we felt confident in our tackle and our offensive line to try and get something going there with the fourth drive,” he said. “Unfortunately, it didn’t happen.”

In all, the Redskins ran 15 plays with Griffin under center and gained just 15 yards.

Gruden said that he would have to review the film to find out just what happened to the pass protection. He did point out that the Lions deserve some credit.

“Detroit was the No. 2 ranked defense in the league last year,” he said. They’re a good team, a very good defensive football team.”

The Redskins have now gone five straight preseason games without Griffin and the first-team offense scoring a touchdown. But Gruden is not particularly concerned.

“We’re not going to be doom and gloom because we don’t get any points with our ones [starters] in the first quarter,” he said.


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