So Much For Week 4: Shoulder Injury Lands Robert Griffin III On IR

The former Redskins QB's latest injury puts him on the shelf and out for the Week 4 meeting at Washington.

The Washington Redskins have a jammed schedule this season with so many interesting matchups, starting with Monday's opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yet it's another one against a different AFC North team that stands above all others. Here's the rub: All the juice just went away as the Browns placed Robert Griffin III on injured reserve. 

Griffin complained of pain after taking a hit on his right shoulder and he's set for an MRI. The reports Monday got worse by the minute.

Griffin labored in Cleveland's Week 1 loss at Philadelphia, but it seems unlikely the Browns would pull the plug by Week 4 based solely on performance considering their current status as an NFL doormat. This specific IR tag means he can come back this season.

Veteran Josh McCown would likely take over if Griffin misses time. Though a viable option and the likely better QB, the 37-year-old McCown is not part of any long-term planning. In theory, Griffin might be.

As far as the Redskins go, long-term with their ex-starter just means the Week 4 meeting at FedEx Field, where there will surely be many fans wearing Griffin No. 10 Burgundy and Gold jerseys. Alas, just not in the game.

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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