Nationals baserunners may not be the only athletes in Washington working on sliding this week.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took a hard hit Sunday afternoon from Falcons linebacker Sean Witherspoon and had to leave Washington’s 24-17 loss with what coach Mike Shanahan later called a mild concussion.
Griffin, who is adept at running the ball from the quarterback spot and getting first downs with his feet, took the hit near the sideline as Witherspoon moved in with a crushing tackle to end a play.
While the Redskins haven’t said whether Griffin will be encouraged to practice the good old quarterback slide to preserve his thin frame from now on, it appears the concussion wasn’t bad enough to keep Griffin from looking ahead to next week’s tilt against Minnesota.
Thank you for all the prayers & supportI’m ok and I think after all the testing I will play next week.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) October 7, 2012
With worries across the NFL about long-term effects from concussions, it will be interesting to see how much the Redskins and Griffin push to get the rookie quarterback back on the field, no matter how much Griffin wants to play again.