COMMENTARY | In a 2013 season full of disappointment, the Washington Redskins received some good news for a change.
According to a report, quarterback Robert Griffin III didn't suffer any damage to his left knee that was landed on by Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Brighton in the Broncos' Week 8 45-21 victory over the Redskins.
Prior to his injury, Griffin struggled mightily in what was easily the worst effort of his topsy-turvy 2013 campaign. Against the Broncos, RGIII completed 15 of his 30 passing attempts for only 132 yards while tossing two interceptions. Unlike his successful Week 7 outing against the Chicago Bears, Griffin never looked comfortable inside and outside of the pocket against Denver.
Griffin was cleared to return to the contest but the Redskins decided to err on the side of caution, allowing backup signal caller Kirk Cousins to get his first reps of the 2013 season. Cousins threw two interceptions in limited action, including one that was returned for a touchdown by Broncos' cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Cousins would certainly get the nod over fellow backup quarterback Rex Grossman if Griffin had to miss any time due to his latest knee ailment. If "Captain Kirk" was forced into additional action, hopefully he'd perform much better than he did in garbage time against the Broncos in Week 8.
Since it's not a matter of if but when the Redskins trade Cousins, he has to play well when given the opportunity to compete so his relatively high trade value doesn't decrease.
Of course, Griffin isn't expected to miss any time so he'll continue to get opportunities to overcome his rollercoaster ride of a start to the 2013 season. After taking a step backwards with his dreadful performance against the Broncos, hopefully RGIII can make strides in the right direction once again starting in Week 9 when he faces the San Diego Chargers.
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Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who covers the Washington Redskins and the Washington Wizards for Yahoo Contributor Network. For additional sports talk, follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.
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