Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he was left like everyone else — scratching his head over how quarterback Robert Griffin III went from being cleared one day to out the next with lingering symptoms of an apparent concussion, John Keim of ESPN reports.
Gruden also defended the Redskins’ role in the situation.
An independent neurologist told the Redskins on Thursday that Griffin would be cleared to play against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night. But after further examining the data and consulting with the neuropsychologist, the neurologist reversed his decision Friday. That left Griffin sidelined for Washington’s 31-13 win over Baltimore.
Griffin now must be re-evaluated later in the week.
This past week, Griffin declined to even say if he had a concussion. He did have two earlier in his career, one as a rookie in the NFL and one in college. Until Griffin goes through the tests later this week, Gruden said no decision will be made on which quarterback will start the season opener against the Miami Dolphins.
Sources told ESPN’s Dianna Russini the Redskins plan to start Kirk Cousins over Griffin in Week 1. Cousins started Saturday night and played well, completing 20 of 27 passes for 190 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Gruden, though, says he not going to announce his starter yet.
“We have to re-evaluate the tape. We have to find out how Robert is,” Gruden said after the game. “[Griffin] has to go through the protocol and get retested. We’ll see how he’s doing then and make our decision.
“I’m not going to announce anything [tonight], and there is no controversy.”