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The Washington Redskins are potentially facing a significant fine from the NFL for improper handling of quarterback Robert Griffin III's head injury during last week's game.
For the second straight week, the Washington Redskins were ranked the 18th-best team in the NFL by SB Nation.
Getting your first sack as a member of the Redskins? Wonderful. Celebrating with a mock-self-tasing? Fantastic.
After weeks of avoiding the knockout hit, Robert Griffin III finally suffered the blow that took him out of a game. Now that he has, will he and the Redskins offense adjust their style of play?
Washington stayed in the game throughout, but couldn't overcome Matt Ryan and company. Mike Shanahan's group appeared ready to pull off the upset, but it couldn't get over the hump late.
Over at Hogs Haven, Parks Smith points out that while Washington lost, there was plenty good to take from the affair.
The Redskins high points of this game has to be the continued stellar play of rookie running back Alfred Morris, who once again eclipsed 100 yards, registering 135 total yards in the game. The other high point had to be the Redskins' defense, who was able to contain the high flying Falcons for most of the game. Matt Ryan did pass for 345 yards, but the Redskins' defense did keep them in the game throughout.
Washington will have a chance to rebound next week at home against the surprising Minnesota Vikings.
In the wake of Robert Griffin III's concussion, the QB came out this evening saying he's confident that despite the NFL's rigorous testing, he will pass the precautions and play next week against Minnesota.
"Thank you for all the prayers & support I'm ok and I think after all the testing I will play next week."
Due to the current climate surrounding head injuries, the NFL will take a long look at any player suffering from a concussion, let alone one of its young stars. In order to be cleared to play, RGIII must pass a battery of tests administered not only by the Washington Redskins' organization, but by an independent doctor who is brought in by the league.
This afternoon, the duty of fill-in quarterback fell to rookie Kirk Cousins, though the Redskins could elect to return to veteran Rex Grossman, who was Washington's starter in 2012. Grossman was inactive on Sunday, and was only available as an emergency third QB.
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Robert Griffin III left Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons with a head injury, when the shoulder of linebacker Sean Weatherspoon struck RGIII's head as he attempted to slide in bounds. The injury has been diagnosed as a concussion, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Now that the Redskins know the extent of the injury, Griffin III will need to clear the NFL's concussion protocol this week if he hopes to play in next Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. This process involves being cleared by both a team trainer and a league-appointed overseeing trainer designed to prevent players returning from injury too quickly.
If Griffin III is unable to play next week against the Minnesota Vikings, it's likely the Redskins will yet again rely on fellow rookie and fourth-round pick Kirk Cousins. Stepping in for RGIII this afternoon, Cousins completed five passes for 111 yards, along with one touchdown and two interceptions.
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Michael Turner scored the game winning touchdown, a 13-yard run, with just over two minutes left in the game to retake the lead, 24-17.
After being a defensive struggle early, the game exploded in the fourth quarter, with the two teams trading scores and Atlanta coming back from a 10-7 deficit to win their fifth in a row.
Matt Ryan was 34-of-52 passing for 345 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Tight end Tony Gonzalez caught 13 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Turner finished the game with 17 carries for 64 yards.
Washington's Alfred Morris was the game's leading rusher, amassing 115 yards on 19 carries.
The biggest concern for Washington will be the health of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III who was knocked out of the game on this hit in the third quarter.
Griffin went to the locker room with trainers and did not return to the game. The entent of the injury is not known yet, but his status was officially called "shaken up" during the game.
Fellow Rookie Kirk Cousins took over at quarterback for Washington. Cousins started well, hitting Santana Moss on a 77-yard touchdown to give Washington the lead back. His performance did not end well, however, as Cousins threw two interceptions in the final two minutes of the game, ending any chance at a Redskins' comeback.
Fantasy studs/duds: Veteran Tony Gonzalez had a big game, catching 13 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. Julio Jones also caught a touchdown pass and picked up 94 yards on to catches. Matt Ryan racked up the points with 345 yards passing passing and two touchdowns despite any loss for throwing a pick. Alfred Morris rewarded his owners with a 115-yard game that included a touchdown. Owners of Robert Griffin III will be disappointed as he completed 11 passes for 95 yards and rushed one time for seven yards while scoring no touchdowns.
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Odds/Gambling: Atlanta entered the game as a three-point favorite over Washington and covered the spread with their seven-point victory. To see other lines from around the league, you can check out SB Nation's complete NFL Odds page.
Injury info: Robert Griffin III left the game in the third quarter when he took a big hit scrambling towards the endzone. Griffin III went to the locker room and did not return for the rest of the game. His status was officially announced as a mild concussion after the game.
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Robert Griffin III was knocked out of the Redskins 24-17 loss to Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter Sunday, and did not return to the contest. According to head coach Mike Shanahan, Griffin suffered a mild concussion on the hit by Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Via Rich Campbell of the Washington Times:
Mike Shanahan: RG3 suffered a mild concussion. He didn't know the score or what quarter it was after the hit. #Redskins— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) October 7, 2012
Griffin was injured on the play below, as his feet came out from under him on a scramble just as Weatherspoon's shoulder made impact with the rookie's helmet:
Griffin finished the day 11 of 17 for 95 yards, with no touchdowns or interceptions. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins entered the game, and after completing a 77-yard bomb to Santana Moss to put Washington up 17-14, the backup quarterback threw two interceptions, finishing his day five of nine passing for 111 yards.
Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was injured on a vicious hit midway through the third quarter, and his return to the game against the Atlanta Falcons is questionable.
Cundiff's 23-yard field goal was the only score of the third quarter.
The play just before the field goal was a scary scene for Redskins fans, as Robert Griffin III was hit hard and had to be attended to by the medical staff. Griffin III was rolling out to his right, trying to scramble toward the end zone when he was hit along the sideline by Sean Weatherspoon.
Griffin III was taken to the locker room by trainers shortly after the play and has not returned to the game. Rookie Kirk Cousins took over at quarterback for Washington.
Despite trailing, Atlanta's offense has dominated the game, picking up 285 yards compared to Washington's 217. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan has completed 27 passes for 247 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Robert Griffin III leaves the game due to a big hit.
An athletic play by Washington Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has the team tied with the Atlanta Falcons at halftime.
Atlanta's Matt Ryan rolled out and hit Tony Gonzalez for a 1-yard touchdown to tie the score just 30 second before halftime.
Washington took the first lead of the game with 11:13 left in the second quarter, when defensive end Ryan Kerrigan picked off Ryan in the backfield and returned it 26 yards to the end zone. It was Ryan's third interception of the season.
Ryan turned the ball over again on a fumbled snap with just under five minutes left in the half, but the Redskins could not take advantage of the mistake. The Redskins' long drive stalled in the red zone before Billy Cundiff missed a 31-yard field goal wide right. Atlanta took advantage of that miss to drive down the filed for the tying score.
Ryan has completed 21 passes for 187 yards.
Both teams came into the Week 5 matchup after wins last week. The Falcons are currently one of the league's last remaining undefeated teams at 4-0. Washington is 2-2 entering Sunday's game.
The Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons are locked in a scoreless tie after one quarter at FedEx Field. In a first quarter dominated by defense, both offenses moved the ball a little but were quickly stalled.
The Falcons had four first downs in the first half and the Redskins had three. Atlanta held the ball for a 12-play opening drive, but the teams traded punts on their first-quarter drives.
Matt Ryan was 9-for-15 passing for 60 yards, while Robert Griffin was 2-for-4 for 24 yards in the first quarter.
The Redskins will have the ball to start the second quarter.
The Falcons come into the game as one of the league's last remaining undefeated teams. Atlanta moved to 4-0 last week when Matt Ryan led a late drive the length of the field, setting up a field goal for the 30-28 victory.
Washington is 2-2 entering Sunday's game after snapping a two-game losing streak last week with a 24-22 win over the Tampa Bay Bucanneers.
The Atlanta Falcons and Washington Redskins have released their inactives for Sunday's Week 5 contest at FedEX Field. The biggest name on the inactives list for the Redskins is safety Cedric Griffin, who is expected to miss his second straight game due to a hamstring injury.
The official ruling on Griffin makes the Redskins very thin in the secondary, as another safety, Brandon Meriweather, is also on the inactive list. This may not bode well for a defense that's going against a hot quarterback in Matt Ryan.
Meanwhile, the Falcons got some good injury news. Center Todd McClure and safety William Moore are both active after being listed as questionable on Friday. However, fullback Lousaka Polite and tight end Michael Palmer will not play.
Other Falcons players listed as inactive are: quarterback Dominique Davis, cornerback Terrence Johnson, offensive tackle Lamar Holmes, defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi and defensive end Cliff Matthews
Robert Griffin III will lead the Washington Redskins against the Atlanta Falcons in FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Redskins tell Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post that Game 1 of the NLDS will be shown on TVs around FedEx Field.
Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons despite missing practice on Friday with the flu. The veteran defensive back has not missed a game since 2009.
Hall will be a valuable piece of the Redskins secondary since they will definitely be without safety Brandon Meriweather (knee) and cornerback Cedric Griffin (hamstring). In addition, they are going up against a Falcons offense that averages 31 points per game, which is third best in the NFL.
Also listed as probable on the injury report are wide receiver Pierre Garcon (foot), left tackle Trent Williams (knee) and wide receiver/returner Brandon Banks (hips). All three managed to play through their respective injuries during last week's victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Running back Evan Royster is listed as questionable with a knee injury, but he is expected to play. Royster played last weekend despite his injury.
The Redskins offense got some good news on the injury report Thursday.
Trent Williams and Pierre Garcon were full participants in the Washington Redskins' Wednesday practice.
Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins will try to take down the undefeated Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.