The Cleveland Browns officially designated QB Robert Griffin III as their player to return off injured reserve.
#Browns QB Robert Griffin III has been designated for return. He will return to practice today.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) November 23, 2016
This officially opens a three-week window for Griffin to be activated from injured reserve.
Griffin suffered a fractured coracoid bone but he was able to avoid surgery and indications have been that he was getting closer to a return.
Browns executive VP Sashi Brown mentioned last week that RGIII was on pace to be ready to play at some point this year. It was also reported last week that Griffin gained medical clearance to resume practice.
Griffin, 26, signed a two-year, $15 million contract that includes $6.75 million guaranteed. He’ll make a base salary of $3.25 million for the 2016 season.
The Browns will face a decision regarding Griffin next March, as he has a $750,000 roster bonus at that point. If the Browns pick up his bonus, RGIII would be paid a $6 million base salary with $750,000 more being available in per-game bonuses.
This season, Griffin has appeared in one game thrown for 190 yards while completing 12 of 26 pass attempts (46.15 percent) to go along with no touchdowns and an interception. He added another 37 yards rushing for the Browns during the game.