Robert Griffin III

Baltimore Ravens
Quarterback #10
Baltimore Ravens
Quarterback #10

Robert Griffin III News

Not officially retired

Griffin (thigh) has joined ESPN as an analyst for the upcoming season, but has has not officially retired, reports.

Analysis: Griffin's deal allows him to seek a playing opportunity with a team should one arise. However, it looks likely that the former Heisman Trophy winner has suited up for his last game.

Aug 7, 2021 9:57 AM EST

Waived by Ravens

Griffin (thigh) has been waived by the Ravens, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Griffin finished the season on IR, but once he re-proves his health, he'll look to catch on elsewhere. For now, the Ravens' backup QB options behind Lamar Jackson are Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley.

Jan 18, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Aiming to return Week 16

Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Griffin (thigh) can return from injured reserve next week, Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Griffin is eligible to return to practice Dec. 23, and it appears he'll be ready to be activated for the Week 16 matchup against the Giants. With Trace McSorley (knee) moving to injured reserve Tuesday, the Ravens likely will turn to practice squad quarterback Tyler Huntley to back up Lamar Jackson in this Sunday's game against Jacksonville.

Dec 16, 2020 5:18 PM EST

Should be available Week 16

Coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday that Griffin (thigh) can return for the Week 16 matchup against the Giants, Daniel Oyefusi of The Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Griffin can return to practice next Wednesday, and it appears he'll be ready to resume his backup role in Week 16. The Ravens will have to play this Sunday against the Jaguars without either Griffin or Trace McSorley, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday with a knee sprain. In turn, they're expected to call up Tyler Huntley from the practice squad to serve as Lamar Jackson's backup.

Dec 16, 2020 4:51 PM EST

Lands on IR

Griffin (thigh) has been placed on IR.

Analysis: Griffin will thus miss at least three games, currently leaving Trace McSorley as the Ravens' top available QB. Though the team activated four players from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, franchise signal-caller Lamar Jackson (illness) remains on the list.

Dec 4, 2020 1:12 PM EST

Dealing with thigh injury

Griffin (thigh) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice estimate.

Analysis: Griffin was forced out of Wednesday's loss to the Steelers with what was originally reported as a hamstring issue. The Ravens are now citing a thigh injury as the reason for the QB's exit. Either way, Griffin's status for this coming Tuesday's game against the Cowboys is worth monitoring, with Lamar Jackson's (illness) availability for the contest not yet clarified.

Dec 3, 2020 1:38 PM EST

Replaced by McSorley

Trace McSorley replaced Griffin (hamstring) in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game against the Steelers.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the game, Griffin completed 7 of his 12 passing attempts for 33 yards and a pick, while rushing seven times for 68 yards. Per Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Griffin looked "like he was struggling health-wise" on his last drive, with Dale Lolley of relaying that the QB -- who was subbing in for Lamar Jackson (illness) -- suffered a hamstring injury Wednesday.

Dec 2, 2020 3:43 PM EST

Game moved to Wednesday

The Ravens' scheduled Week 12 game against the Steelers, which Griffin is in line to start, has been moved from Tuesday to Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This marks the third postponement of the game, which follows the placement of multiple Baltimore players on the reserve/COVID-19 list. Griffin is slated to draw the team's start at QB in the contest, with Lamar Jackson (illness) unavailable.

Nov 30, 2020 2:09 PM EST

Could start Sunday

Griffin could start at quarterback Sunday against the Steelers after Lamar Jackson tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The status of Sunday's game is in doubt as the Ravens deal with a COVID-19 outbreak among players and staff, but Griffin could serve as the starting quarterback with both Jackson and Trace McSorley unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols. If the Ravens don't take the field Sunday, the club has a short week prior to playing the Cowboys on Dec. 3. Griffin has taken just 17 snaps for Baltimore this year, completing one of his three passes for nine yards and one interception while rushing five times for one yard.

Nov 26, 2020 5:13 PM EST

Shows to be decent backup

Griffin appeared in seven games in 2019, completing 23 of 38 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions. He added 20 rushing attempts for 70 yards.

Analysis: The veteran was a serviceable backup to Lamar Jackson, completing over 60 percent of his passes and eating up snaps when games were decided with time remaining. Griffin wasn't quite sharp enough to revive his stock as a potential starter elsewhere, however. He struggled in his lone start, going 11-for-21 for 96 yards and a pick. Griffin is under contract through 2020, so he should be expected to reprise his role as the backup this coming season unless Baltimore unexpectedly decides it's comfortable with Trace McSorley as its No.2 behind Jackson.

Jan 23, 2020 11:50 AM EST

Fails to impress against Steelers

Griffin completed 11 of 21 pass attempts for 96 yards and an interception Sunday against the Steelers. He also carried eight times for 50 yards in the 28-10 win.

Analysis: Griffin struggled to connect with his receivers, completing just over half his passes while averaging 4.6 yards per attempt. He did his best Lamar Jackson impression as a runner, however, and gashed the Pittsburgh defense for 6.3 yards per carry. Griffin also took three sacks and turned the ball over once, so, despite the victory and flashy rushing stats, it wasn't exactly an ideal performance. The veteran should return to the bench during the postseason and should only see the field again in the event of a blowout or an injury to Jackson.

Dec 29, 2019 5:47 PM EST

Getting Week 17 spot start

Griffin will start the Ravens' Week 17 matchup against the Steelers after coach John Harbaugh ruled out Lamar Jackson for the regular-season finale, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Sunday's victory in Cleveland, Baltimore has locked down the No. 1 seed in the AFC side of the postseason, so Harbaugh won't take any chances with the team's franchise signal-caller. Griffin hasn't seen much more than spot duty this season in six appearances, completing 12 of 17 passes for 129 yards, one touchdown and one interception while turning 12 carries into 20 yards.

Dec 23, 2019 11:51 AM EST

Sharp in mop-up duty

Griffin completed all six of his passes for 55 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Dolphins. He added four rushing attempts for nine yards.

Analysis: The Ravens brought in Griffin in the fourth quarter and he led a pair of drives, including a scoring drive that ended in a touchdown pass to Mark Andrews. It was Griffin's first game action since last season after he missed the preseason with a thumb injury.

Sep 9, 2019 11:27 AM EST

Fully cleared

Head coach John Harbaugh said Monday that Griffin is "fully cleared" of his thumb injury, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Griffin originally sustained the hairline fracture to his right thumb in late July. Now healthy, the 29-year-old can be prepared to back up starter Lamar Jackson for Week 1 against Miami.

Sep 2, 2019 2:18 PM EST

Week 1 availability still expected

Ravens coach John Harbaugh still expects Griffin (thumb) to be ready for Week 1 of the regular season, Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Analysis: Griffin has yet to appear in any preseason action after suffering a hairline fracture in his right thumb during a late-July open practice, but he's expected to be available as starter Lamar Jackson's primary backup in a Week 1 matchup against the Dolphins. The aforementioned Harbaugh has not relayed his plans regarding a decision to potentially keep two or three quarterbacks on the 53-man roster, but rookie Trace McSorley just went off for 203 passing yards and three total touchdowns in a 26-15 preseason victory over the Eagles.

Aug 24, 2019 3:18 PM EST

Sets sights on Week 1 availability

Coach John Harbaugh expects Griffin (thumb) to be available for the Ravens' Week 1 matchup in Miami, Jamison Hensley of reports.

Analysis: Griffin suffered a hairline fracture in his right thumb at an open practice at M&T Bank Stadium on July 27, but he has since resumed throwing. On multiple occasions, including Saturday, the Ravens have expressed a belief that he'll be healthy in time for the regular season. He could dispel all doubters by making an appearance by the end of the preseason, but the Ravens likely will continue to pursue a cautious approach to ensure the veteran signal-caller is active behind starter Lamar Jackson on Sept. 8.

Aug 10, 2019 1:46 PM EST

Throwing passes at practice

Griffin (thumb) was seen throwing passes at practice Saturday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Griffin was wearing a glove on his throwing hand, but it's certainly an encouraging note to see the veteran quarterback attempting passes just a week after sustaining a hairline fracture in his right thumb. Griffin is still expected to be back for Week 1, but will likely miss the entire preseason as he continues to rehab from the injury

Aug 3, 2019 12:39 PM EST

Should be back Week 1

The Ravens expect Griffin (thumb) to be ready for the start of the regular season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Jamison Hensley of agrees with Rapoport, hinting that the Ravens likely would've signed someone better than Joe Callahan if they truly were worried about Griffin's availability. The initial timeline estimate of 4-to-8 weeks may have been overstated.

Jul 29, 2019 12:02 PM EST

Status for Week 1 in question

Griffin sustained a hairline fracture to his right thumb at Saturday's practice that will require 4-to-8 weeks of recovery, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Griffin banged his hand on the helmet of a Ravens defender during the session, a play that may keep him out for the entire preseason slate. If his rehab hits the longer end of the given timetable, his status for Week 1 could be impacted, assuming he isn't a roster casualty on cut-down day (Aug. 31). After starter Lamar Jackson, rookie Trace McSorley is the only other QB in camp. The Ravens invested a sixth-round pick in April on McSorley, so he'll have a chance to stake a claim to the backup job over the next month-plus.

Jul 27, 2019 8:22 PM EST

Returning to Baltimore

The Ravens re-signed Griffin on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After moving on from longtime signal-caller Joe Flacco, Baltimore will keep Griffin around as a veteran sounding board for Lamar Jackson, who officially took the reigns of the offense in Week 11 last season and didn't let go. Griffin himself acted as the active backup for Jackson during the second half of the schedule and made three brief appearances. With the development of Jackson in mind, Griffin will receive spot duty and little else in 2019.

Mar 21, 2019 12:34 PM EST

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