When asked Tuesday about a timetable for the return of QB Robert Griffin III, Redskins Head Coach Jay Gruden did not sound particularly optimistic.
“I don’t envision that anytime soon,” Gruden told reporters during a conference call, via Liz Clarke of the Washington Post.
Griffin’s dislocated left ankle has kept him out of action since week two. QB Kirk Cousins initially impressed in relief, but he has struggled recently.
Gruden has even been noncommittal when discussing a timetable for Griffin to return to practice, stating only that “we’ll get him out there when the time is right,” and that the next step is likely increasing his work on a treadmill.
The takeaway here is that Griffin does not appear to be nearing a return to the field. With the Eagles and Cowboys sitting at 4-1 however, and the Giants having seemingly turned their season around quickly, the 1-4 Redskins can ill afford to fall further behind in the standings.
Cousins has thrown for 1,217 yards and eight touchdowns in his four games this year. A good portion of that however, has come late in games, after Washington fell behind.