Robert Griffin III gets another shot amid Ravens COVID-19 chaos
Lost amid the ever-evolving circus surrounding the Ravens’ COVID-19 outbreak is the fact that the team desperately needs a win to keep up in the playoff race – and they will need a familiar face to get them that win.
With star QB Lamar Jackson being one of the nearly two dozen Ravens players on the COVID-19/reserve list, Robert Griffin III will be under center for Baltimore as they take on the Steelers on Wednesday afternoon. It will be Griffin’s second start for the Ravens, the first coming in Week 17 of 2019 when Baltimore already had the No. 1 seed locked up (a game that was also against the Steelers).
At the beginning of his career, it appeared Griffin was destined for stardom the likes of Jackson. RGIII won the Rookie of the Year award in 2012 with the then-Washington Redskins, throwing for 3,200 yards and 20 TDs while also rushing for 815 yards and 7 more TDs.
But the dual-threat QB suffered a knee injury late in the season, and when he returned for the playoffs, it was later revealed that Griffin was not medically cleared to play. He re-injured his knee in the wild-card loss to the Seahawks, and his career has never the same.
He eventually was replaced by Kirk Cousins in Washington and joined the Cleveland Browns in 2016, but suffered a shoulder injury and was released in 2017. He spent a year out of the league before signing with the Ravens in 2018, eventually becoming Jackson’s primary backup.
With Griffin starting in place of Jackson, he’ll get his first meaningful start in years. The Ravens currently sit in the eighth seed in the AFC, one spot out of the playoffs in a loaded conference. And Wednesday they get the undefeated Steelers, already a tough matchup were they not severely undermanned due to their COVID-19 outbreak.
It will be interesting to see if Griffin can muster a vintage performance in a difficult spot – one where his team desperately needs it.
Source : Jeremy Layton Link