In the statement, NFL independent neurologist Robert N. Kurtzke recommended that Griffin be retested in "one-two weeks" before a decision about his readiness to compete is made. The Redskins open their regular season Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins at FedEx Field.
The timeline of Griffin's ongoing concussion evaluations also could serve as a factor that positions Cousins to take the starting job beyond Saturday night. Kurtzke recommended that Griffin be held out of game play and then be re-tested in one to two weeks before receiving clearance. If the quarterback has to wait until next Friday to be re-tested, he still would seem to have ample time to prepare for the season opener against Miami on Sept. 13. However, if he doesn't receive clearance for two weeks, then Washington likely would have to start another quarterback.
Still, know this: Cousins always had strong fans among the coaching staff, even after he was benched last season. Those feelings only increased this summer with the more he's played. Last year, one coach said he felt Cousins had been given a "raw deal" in being benched and then never returning. Another coach's eyes lit up talking about Cousins' preseason.
Receiver Jamison Crowder. Will he play? Crowder missed the first two preseason games, but coach Jay Gruden told reporters Friday that he's now a game-time decision after tweaking his hamstring earlier in the week. That's not good. Crowder had a real shot to win the slot job over Andre Roberts, but it's hard to do so when you can't get on the field. The Redskins might be extra cautious with him but if he doesn't play it hurts his development. He needed some game reps this summer.
Had Griffin come in and played well against the Ravens, the conversation would have gone from the tumult at Redskins Park to Griffin and an offense that had turned things around. It would not have taken much, maybe a touchdown drive, a field goal, and a minimal number of sacks and Griffin generally looking better than he did against the Lions. The noise would have died down and the talk could shift to football and preparations for the team's season opener on September 13.
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