A new report claims that Browns’ quarterback Robert Griffin is not going to have surgery. His recovery without it seems to be going well.
Griffin was the starter for the Browns when the year began, but he almost immediately suffered a fractured coracoid bone. He’s been on IR ever since.
The Browns can bring one player back from IR. If Griffin did have surgery, it certainly wouldn’t have been him. Since he’s not, he’s still eligible for that designation. Week 10 would be the absolute soonest he could come back and replace rookie Cody Kessler.
This doesn’t mean the Browns are planning on bringing him back, just that they can. They’ll have to keep watching how his recovery is going. Some of it may also depend on Kessler. If he’s playing well and the Browns think he’s the future, rather than RGIII, it may be worth continuing to play him. He could use the experience, even if the team is losing. The Browns clearly are not playing for the postseason this year, so it’s all about building.
On the other hand, if they do think that RGIII still has a chance to be the future in Cleveland, they need to get him back to get some idea of what he’s able to do. They liked where he was in camp, but they’ve seen such a small sample size in the regular season that it’s hard to know how well he fits.
Griffin’s injury history is so extensive at this point that they’ll likely be wary of committing to him long-term.