Redskins head coach Jay Gruden confirmed this afternoon that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III did not break any bones when he dislocated his ankle yesterday.
Gruden says Griffin’s ankle and leg will be in a cast for several weeks, and that a rehab process will began afterwards. When a reporter asked how long Griffin will be out for, Gruden says it isn’t clear yet.
"We'll know in a few more weeks how long he'll be out," Gruden said. "He's going to put it in a cast for a couple weeks... but we just don't know how long the recovery time is as of now."
The Redskins first year head coach added that Griffin will not need surgery and will not be placed on the injured reserve list.
Given that recovering from a dislocated ankle typically takes months, not weeks, it wouldn’t be surprising if Griffin isn’t fully recovered until late this season. Even very conservative estimates call for Griffin being in a cast for three weeks and then rehabbing for several more. That already puts us more than half way through the NFL season.
Even if Griffin is back by, say, week 10, backup Kirk Cousins will start a large part of the season for the Redskins. Gruden called Cousins a starting-caliber quarterback in his press conference today and said the team won’t have to change much with him in the starting lineup.
“Our game plan is our game plan, and nothing will change, really," Gruden said.
Some people in Washington, and possibly even some within the Redskins organization, have wondered if Cousins gives the Redskins the best chance to win games in the short term. We’ll all have an answer to that question soon.