The recovery of Robert Griffin III is the biggest news in Washington, bigger even than the looming "Fiscal Cliff". RG3 suffering a mild, or Grade 1, sprain of the lateral collateral ligament located on the outside of the knee, during the Redskins win over Baltimore on Sunday.
Buffalo running back Fred Jackson suffered a similar injury early this season and missed two weeks. Independent doctors have indicated that playing Griffin too soon could be a big mistake.
Fortunately for the Redskins they have Kirk Cousins. The Redskins next two games are on the road, in Cleveland and in Philadelphia. Without a doubt, coach Mike Shanahan will give every indication that RG3 "may" play against the Browns and Eagles, but that is mainly to make the opponents prepare for both quarterbacks.
"Both of them will have a game plan," Shanahan said Monday.
Speed and agility is a major part of Griffin's game and bringing him back too early may risk the long term in favor of the short term. Don't be surprised if the franchise isn't back before the Dallas season ending game at Fed Ex Field.
UPDATE: Griffin's father tells USA Today this afternoon that his son will start on Sunday in Cleveland.
"He's doing great,'' Robert Griffin II told USA TODAY Sports. "He definitely said he plans to start. I haven't seen him (the last two days). But he told me (today) everything has gone well.''
Earlier today on ESPN Sportscenter, receiver Pierre Garcon was Live on the set and said Kirk Cousins would be under center in Cleveland.