He is what he is and, for all the excitement and energy that Robert Griffin III has brought to the Redskins franchise, everyone in Landover knew that sooner or later the kid’s ability and willingness to run would result in an injury.
Well, that injury came sooner when Griffin’s scramble for a first down ended in a concussion, courtesy of Falcon linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.
Nothing illegal, just the normal NFL car crash. Griffin was asked the score of the game and what quarter he was in and when he responded with something like, “What are you doing at the prom?”, he was sent home for the day.
Because of Griffin’s uncertain status for Sunday’s home game against Minnesota, no odds have been posted, though one Las Vegas oddsmaker reportedly suggested that books list at Washington -2.5.
That number obviously assumes that Griffin (Mike Shanahan called it a mild concussion, but he has a dog in the fight) will be able to go Sunday. Mike Perry of Sportsbook.ag says Griffin is worth about 1.5 points to the spread.
If Griffin is out, that will probably make the Vikings road favorites as Minnesota will be looking at backup QB Kirk Cousins (Rex Grossman is also on the roster, but Shanahan does have some standards). Cousins got the call after Griffin went down and was OK against Atlanta before the Falcons figured him out and picked off the last two passes he threw.
Still, Covers Expert Art Aronson says it might be a bit premature to abandon the Redskins. And the inevitable number flip could result in value for Washington backers.
“The number will definitely change,” says Aronson. “However, because of the strength of their running game they should still be able to move the ball without Griffin.”
Word out of the nation’s capital is that Griffin vows to play Sunday, which is just about what everyone except his mother would expect the kid to say.
But we all know that it won’t be long before he’ll tuck it and run for another first down. And another Sean Weatherspoon will be picking up a head of steam.