RG3 says he's not down or out

Robert Griffin III said he is confident he will be able to return this season to the field and help the Browns win some games.

BEREA,Ohio--Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III said he's overcome more obstacles than a shoulder injury and he intends to get back on the field as soon as he's permitted to.

Griffin talked to the media Wednesday with his arm in a sling for the first time after the injury to his shoulder was announced. Griffin was asked if he was discouraged over the injury.

"I wouldn't say it's a down period," Griffin said. "It's just unfortunate. I've been through a lot in my career and you fight through a lot of things and I've come to the conclusion that God has a different story for me to tell right now and this is going to be a part of it.

"I look forward to coming back from this and getting a chance to play with these guys and win some games and help change the culture here in Cleveland."

Griffin refuted the idea that he is injury-prone.

"You can't think that way," he said. "I've only missed eight games in my career due to injury. You have to stay focused and keep your mindset right and not let that affect you. (Football's) a beautiful game and I've had the opportunity to play and I look for ward to getting back on the field."

Griffin missed one game in his rookie season due to injury, ironically, against the Browns. He didn't play the final three games of the 2013 season due to the coach's decision. He missed seven games in 2014 with an ankle injury and then was inactive for the entire 2015 season.

"It sucks," he said. "It's football, but you just have to continue to be there and keep everything the same be there for Josh (McCown) and the other QB's and the rest of the team and lead by example until I can play."

Griffin says he intends to stay involved with the team mentally and hopes he will begin to practice in a few weeks. Under the new rules concerning injured reserve, a team can designate one player who can return to practice in six weeks and play after missing eight games. 

"I'm still in it with these guys and I love this team and I believe in these guys," he said. "God willing, I'll be able to come back this year and play. I'm going to make sure my mind is right and my body is right, so I can have that opportunity. I'm with these guys every step of the way. 

"I can only take care of what I can take care of and do what the doctors have asked me to do," he said. "They've asked me to wear a sling, so I'm wearing a sling. I'm doing exactly what they've asked me to do. We'll see what happens in three to four weeks and I just pray for the best and just keep my mind sharp and be ready to roll."

The only likely medical scenario that would prevent Griffin from returning this season is if he needs to have surgery on the coracoid bone in his non-throwing shoulder. Griffin said he doesn't know what the odds of surgery would be.

"They told me it was a rare injury," he said. "I didn't really know what to think. I'm just doing what the doctors have told me to do and go from there."

Griffin said he intends to use his past experiences as he deals with his current situation. 

"You have to use your experiences in life and learn from them," he said. "I have had some experiences and I've learned from them, so I understand that now and I'm able to have my mind in the right place and then allow my body to follow suit and I feel good about it."

Extra Points

Is Pryor No. 3? With the injury to RG3, it is unclear if the Browns will go into Sunday's game with the Ravens with just QB Josh McCown and rookie QB Cody Kessler or if they will promote rookie QB Kevin Hogan from the practice squad. Neither Kessler or Hogan have played in an NFL regular season game. Kessler was inactive last Sunday. Hogan was signed after being released by the Chiefs.

Hue Jackson alluded to WR Terrelle Pryor--without saying him by name--as the emergency or third quarterback.

"We have a plan in place in case we needed a third quarterback," Jackson said. "I think I have a pretty good one on the roster, I  just stashed him away a little bit, he's doing other things. I think you guys can figure that one out."

Jackson was with Pryor in Oakland when Jackson was the coach.

Hue Said Browns Fans will Love Him--eventually: Hue Jackson said he gets what Browns fans are going through and he said he intends to deliver on bringing a winning team to Cleveland. 

“I can’t worry about what everybody has been through here," Jackson said. "I’m being very honest. I think you guys know me, I don’t worry about what everybody else has done, been through, what people should not say, what they should say. I am going to do the best job that I can do. That is all Hue Jackson can do. The fans might not like me for a while, but they are going to love me here pretty soon, that’s OK (laughter).

"Eventually, they will love me," he said. "I promise you that because I do plan on winning here. I do get it. I know with every loss there is another dagger that just drags you down another few feet deeper. That is OK. I’ve been there before. I am a fighter so we are going to get back up and we are going to keep swinging. We are going to be fine.”

Successful Fundraiser: The Browns third Annual Cleveland Browns Foundation Radiothon, hosted on Good Karma Brands’ ESPN 850 WKNR, Browns fans helped raise a record of more than $137,000 during the past 28 hours, marking the third consecutive year that the event has collected more than $100,000 to benefit education and youth development in Cleveland. For the second time in as many years, Dee and Jimmy Haslam announced a dollar-for-dollar match, resulting in nearly $275,000 total to help eliminate barriers so that all students have access to a high-quality education regardless of zip code, race, economic status or disability in Northeast Ohio.

All Hands on Deck: Other than QB Robert Griffin III (shoulder) on injured reserve, the Browns had their entire active roster on the practice field. DB Marcus Burley was back practicing after sitting out last week with a groin injury. Burley was claimed on waivers-injured from the Seahawks. DB Derrick Kindred, who injured his ankle in the game was practicing. Officially, Burley (groin) and Kindred (ankle) were listed as limited. OL Joe Thomas sat out for his rest day. WR Terrelle Pryor (shoulder) and OL John Greco (back) practiced in full.

The Wright Stuff:  DL Gabe Wright was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster to take the roster spot of QB Robert Griffin III. Wright (6-2, 284) is officially in his second NFL season out of Auburn. Originally selected by Detroit in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, he appeared in seven games last year and totaled six tackles. He was signed to the Browns’ practice squad on Sept. 5. 

Boyce Back: The Browns signed WR Josh Boyce to the practice squad. Boyce was with the Browns during training camp. He is a former fourth-round draft choice of the Patriots in 2013. He has nine career receptions for 121 yards. 


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