Timeline: Robert Griffin III's NFL injury history
- After Robert Griffin's latest health setback, take a look back on the quarterback's injury history.
On Monday afternoon, the Cleveland Browns announced that quarterback Robert Griffin III would be placed on injured reserve with a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder, keeping him off the field for at least eight games.
His latest trip to IR will mark the sixth time Griffin has missed substantial time in the NFL with an injury, further cementing his reputation as an injury-prone quarterback.
Griffin sustained his first significant injury during his sophomore year at Baylor, playing in just three games before tearing his ACL. His bad luck with injuries would continue after the Washington Redskins selected him with the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft.
Here's a closer look at Griffin's NFL injuries.
Week 14, 2012 — LCL sprain
The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year had a brilliant rookie season for Washington, completing 66.4% of his passes for 2,902 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions through the first 13 starts of his career. But in that 13th start, on Dec. 9 against the Ravens, Griffin sustained a knee injury that would linger the rest of the season and beyond. He returned to the game even after a hard hit by Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, but was held out of the Redskins’ Week 15 game against the Browns. He returned to play the final two games of the season, leading Washington to the postseason for the first time since 2007.
Wild Card Game 2012 – Torn LCL, ACL, meniscus
Despite wearing a knee brace and still walking with a slight limp, Griffin was cleared to play in the Redskins' wild-card game against the Seahawks on Jan. 6, 2013. He left the game and was taken to the locker room for evaluation by Dr. James Andrews after taking a few hard hits from the Seattle defense, but returned to the field shortly afterward. In the fourth quarter, his knee ultimately gave out completely, resulting in a torn LCL, ACL and meniscus that would require reconstructive surgery that off-season. The Redskins lost the game and were eliminated from the playoffs.
Week 13, 2013 — Long-term health concerns
Griffin recovered from surgery and returned to the field in time for Week 1 of the 2013 season. His play declined that year, when he completed 60.1% of his passes with 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, a career high. In Washington's Week 8 loss to Denver, Griffin left the game with a knee injury, though he returned the following week. But Griffin was benched for the final three games of the season, which head coach Mike Shanahan said was due to concern over Griffin’s long-term health. Shanahan was fired two weeks later.
Week 2, 2014 — Dislocated ankle
Griffin resumed his role as starting quarterback to start the 2014 season, but dislocated his ankle in Week 2 against the Jaguars. He returned from the injury in Week 9, but was benched after poor performances in three consecutive Redskins losses. He finished the season with a 2–5 record and a career-high 68.7 completion percentage in nine games, seven of which were starts. He threw six interceptions to four touchdowns and was sacked 33 times.
Preseason 2015 — Concussion
Griffin sustained a concussion after taking a beating in the Redskins’ second preseason game. Controversially, Washington's coaching staff left Griffin in the game even after it became clear he was headed for trouble. After much back and forth about when he would be cleared to play again, he was eventually benched in favor of Kirk Cousins. Head coach Jay Gruden said the switch gave the team the best chance to win, rather than citing Griffin’s health as the reason for the move. Griffin was activated in Week 6, but did not appear in a game in 2015.
Week 1, 2016 — Shoulder fracture
After signing a two-year, $15 million contract with the Browns in the off-season, Griffin was set for a fresh start in Cleveland. You'll never guess what happened next.
Or maybe you can. On Monday, Griffin was placed on injured reserve with a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of the Browns' 29–10 loss to the Eagles after he was hit while trying to run out of bounds.
Griffin will be out for an extended period of time.