An MRI has revealed that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III avoided a fracture in relation to the separated ankle he suffered in Sunday's win against the Jaguars. Griffin was injured in the first quarter of the game against Jacksonville and was replaced by backup Kirk Cousins, who led the team to victory.
Griffin and former Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson suffered early injuries that took them out of the game. Unlike Jackson (bruised/strained AC joint), Griffin is expected to miss a large chunk of the season with an estimate of roughly 6-8 weeks of recovery time, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport. Cousins will continue to man the position moving forward while veteran Colt McCoy serves as his backup.
Although Griffin has only missed one game specifically due to injury, Cousins has played in nine games (10 if you count playoffs). If Griffin were to sit out the maximum eight games, Cousins will have played in 17 games (12 starts) in the same time period that the former first round pick had appeared in just 30 games (all starts). Cousins is just 1-3 as a starter.
Despite his prolonged recovery, Griffin will not be placed on injured reserve. The "designated to return" slot on injured reserve is already filled by defensive lineman Barry Cofield.