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Robert Griffin III had mild concussion in Redskins' loss

Robert Griffin III left the Washington Redskins' 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the third quarter with a mild concussion after taking a hit to his head, coach Mike Shanahan said after Sunday's game.

The Redskins initially said their rookie quarterback was "shaken up" and questionable to return, although Griffin didn't play in the game again.

"When he really wasn't sure what quarter it was, what score it was, we knew he had a mild concussion, at least according to the doctors," Shanahan said.

"(He) feels good right now, a lot better right now," the coach added. "But that was the situation why he didn't go back into the game."

Rookie backup quarterback Kirk Cousins entered the game on the following Redskins series. Cousins finished the game with two interceptions and a 77-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss.

Overall, the Redskins did a better job protecting RG3 to start Sunday's game with a conservative game plan. But he didn't do a great job protecting himself on a third-quarter play.

Griffin was hit in the head after improvising a rollout outside the pocket on third-and-goal with 6:22 remaining in the quarter. Instead of throwing the ball away, RG3 slid and took a massive shot from Atlanta Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who hit the quarterback with his shoulder.

RG3 cut his lip on the play and appeared to be mouthing "I'm fine" to Shanahan after the play. The quarterback then went to the locker room to be evaluated, at which point a neurologist diagnosed him with a mild concussion.

UPDATE: RG3 believes he will pass the necessary tests over the next couple days and be ready to play next Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings, a team source told NFL Network's Michelle Beisner.

Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.

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