John Harbaugh says Ravens QB Robert Griffin III is fully cleared to play
Former Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has fallen quite a long way from the glory days of college and his arrival in the NFL, but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a productive quarterback in the league, albeit in a backup role.
The Baltimore Ravens signed Griffin, the 2012 draft’s second-overall selection by the Washington Redskins, before last season. Griffin would appear in three games backing up Joe Flacco and later Lamar Jackson in 2018. Baltimore re-signed Griffin in the offseason; however, the 29-year-old sustained a thumb fracture in July with the team.
Now, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec on Twitter, the Ravens’ backup QB is healthy and cleared to play.
Harbaugh said his understanding is that Robert Griffin III is fully cleared.
— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) September 2, 2019
Griffin completed 2-of-6 pass attempts for 21 yards in his scattered three appearances for the Ravens during the 2018 season. The former Baylor Bears product missed the entire 2017 season, spending the fall sidelined as a free agent after the Cleveland Browns released Griffin in March.
The revamped role for former star Griffin comes after an initial, early-career boon for the Redskins. The D.C. franchise selected “RG3” at No. 2 in 2012, where he would go on to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award and earn a trip to Hawaii for as a Pro Bowl participant.
After a sophomore slump during the 2013 season, the following year would totally derail Griffin’s professional trajectory. He missed seven games due to injury and eventually benching, which would extend until his tenure with Washington ended after the 2015 season.
Kirk Cousins would usurp Griffin’s spot as starting QB for the team, and ever since RG3 has searched for another chance to prove himself at the professional level.