Browns hope to start RGIII again this season


The Browns want another chance to see Robert Griffin III at quarterback before the season ends.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted on NFL GameDay Morning Sunday that unless rookie quarterback Cody Kessler returns from a concussion and gets on a roll, the team will try and start Griffin at least one more time in 2016.

Griffin (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve after a season-opening loss to the Eagles and was designated the team's return player this week. He practiced with the Browns before Thanksgiving and could be in line to see playing time sooner rather than later.

The Browns (0-11) are starting veteran Josh McCown against the Giants (7-3) on Sunday while Kessler recovers from his second concussion. Last week, Browns coach Hue Jackson said he would consider shutting Kessler down if his symptoms worsened, noting that he was more concerned for Kessler's future.

Seeing Griffin again will be bittersweet for Cleveland. Clearly, it is difficult to succeed behind their current offensive line. Captain Joe Thomas said last week that Browns management is laying in the bed they made after letting go of Alex Mack and Mitchell Schwartz this offseason. McCown, Griffin and Kessler have all been injured at some point this season thanks to the severity of shots they took.

Should Griffin negate the constant pressure somehow, it would go a long way toward keeping him in Cleveland for the second half of his two-year contract. The Browns have a hefty roster bonus due to Griffin on the third day of the 2017 league year. It would be nice to know before that if there is any chance he could approach the player who won the NFL's rookie of the year award just four years ago.

Griffin completed 46 percent of his passes and threw an interception in his only start this season against the Eagles.