The Washington Redskins' playoff hopes may have ticked up Wednesday, with rookie quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III practicing for the first time since spraining his right knee on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
Griffin was wearing a knee brace and took limited part in Redskins practice. The 22-year-old said he could play in Sunday’s road matchup with the Cleveland Browns, according to the Washington Post.
"Today I feel really good about it,” Griffin said to the Post.
Still their has been no definitive word from Griffin or head coach Mike Shanahan on when he will return. Washington traded an awful lot to land their stud quarterback, and will try to avoid any further injury by playing him too soon.
Griffin suffered a mild sprain to his lateral collateral ligament, or LCL, in his right knee during Washington’s 31-28 overtime win against Baltimore.
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The win helped the Redskins keep pace in the NFC East with the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants, who are just one game up for the division lead.
When Griffin went down in Washington’s final drive of regulation, fellow rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins stepped in and finished off a game-tying 13-play 84-yard drive with an 11-yard strike to receiver Pierre Garcon. Cousins would then complete a quarterback sneak for the two-point conversion to force overtime.
While his back-up was impressive, Washington needs Griffin if they hope to make a final push for the playoffs with three games remaining.
After Cleveland, Washington will then travel to Philadelphia, before a pivotal home clash with the Cowboys, that has the potential to decide the NFC East or the Wild Card race.
The Redskins hold a tiebreaker over both the Giants and the Chicago Bears, and a victory Sunday coupled with losses by New York and Chicago, could vaunt them into a wild card spot and a tie for the division crown.