It appears one Washington Redskins topic no longer needs asking, but another item becomes more pertinent.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III finally received medical clearance Thursday evening from a concussion suffered Aug. 20 against the Lions, team president Bruce Allen revealed Friday during a radio interview.
Griffin, who struggled significantly against Detroit before exiting early in the second quarter of the second preseason game, did not play in either of Washington's final two preseason games. In that span, Redskins coach Jay Gruden announced Kirk Cousins the team's starting QB "going forward.
With Griffin sidelined, Gruden listed Colt McCoy as the unofficial No. 2 quarterback.
"He is right now," Gruden said Thursday. "Obviously but we don’t have to announce the backups, the 53-man roster, the 46-man roster until really Sunday afternoon at 12 o’clock, so we’ll just wait and see.”
The primary backup angle is minor compared to the much larger storyline of whether the Redskins choose to keep Griffin, the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year on the 53-man roster.
Washington becomes on the hook for Griffin's $16.5 million contract next season should the team pick up the option or the QB suffer a serious injury. The Redskins could not officially waive Griffin he received medical clearance. Considering the demotion and Griffin's declining play, keeping him would be a major risk.
Gruden stated earlier in the week that the team intended on keeping Griffin with the idea that teams can never have enough quarterbacks among the primary reasons.