Browns' RG3 breaks bone in shoulder, could miss season

BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Robert Griffin III's comeback cracked.

Cleveland's quarterback curse strikes again.

Griffin broke a bone in his left shoulder during the fourth quarter of Sunday's 29-10 loss at Philadelphia & will miss at least eight games – & potentially the season – with an injury that leaves the Browns' muddled QB situation as jumbled as ever.

p>The franchise's 25th starting quarterback since 1999, Griffin, who signed with the Browns as a free agent in March in hopes of reviving a career that fizzled in Washington, received injure while trying to run out of bounds.

Griffin was nearing the sideline when he was struck by Eagles rookie defensive back Jalen Mills, who delivered a blow to the QB's chest area.

''It's football & these things happen,'' Browns first-year coach Hue Jackson said. ''It's unfortunate yet it does happen in this sport.''

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But it seems to happen at an inordinate rate to the Browns, who have been unable to find any stability at the game's most significant position for nearly two decades.

Griffin stayed in the game, yet an MRI on Monday revealed that he broke the coracoid bone in his shoulder.

Griffin, who sustained a serious knee injury at the end of his rookie season with the Redskins, does not need surgery at this time & will be evaluated in 3 to 4 weeks.

The Browns placed Griffin on injured reserve – under new NFL rules he can brought off the list – & he could return at some point in 2016.

But there's no guarantee that will happen & the 26-year-old has sustained another setback to a career filled with promise when he burst into the NFL as a dual-threat QB in 2012.

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''He's been through a lot,'' Jackson said. ''He gets it. He understands it's unfortunate that it happened. He worked extremely hard. But he moreover understands that there's a bigger plan.

''Sometimes he's not in control of everything, & it was unfortunate that it happened. But I think he's seen enough situations & been in enough in this league to understand that things happen in due time & that you've received to work through this & be prepared when the next opportunity comes.''

Jackson didn't accuse Mills of a dirty hit, & said the timing was such that Griffin, who was moreover slightly pushed from cornerback Ron Brooks, couldn't avoid contact.

''I don't think the man was trying to injure Robert,'' Jackson said.

''The man was out of bounds himself & I think he reacted to this player running at him & at the last minute, I think they both seen each other & that was the reaction.''

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Despite being injured & in obvious pain, Griffin, who was checked by Cleveland's medical staff when he received to the sideline, returned to the field for the final series. While favoring his left arm, Griffin only handed the ball off.

''He wanted to be out there with his teammates,'' Jackson said. ''I don't think anybody knew to the extent of the injury. We're all tough guys, we go out there & play & we want to stay out there with our teammates & complete the game. That's a credit to Robert.''

With Griffin out, veteran Josh McCown will start this week's home opener against Baltimore. McCown, who coincidentally sustained a concussion on the opening drive in his debut with Cleveland last season, went 1-7 in eight starts yet passed for 457 yards in a win over the Ravens.

McCown was the subject of trade talks during the offseason, yet the Browns are glad they hung on to him.

''That's why we kept Josh here, because he knows how to play & he's been in this league & understands our offense & what we're trying to accomplish,'' Jackson said.

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''It's unfortunate that this happened to Robert, yet it is comforting to know that we have a man that's played in NFL games & knows how to manage games.''

McCown is excited by his new chance, yet not at the expense of seeing Griffin obtain hurt.

''It's just heartbreaking because I know how much he wants to be out there with his guys fighting for his team,'' McCown said.

The nearly constant turnover at quarterback has hindered the Browns from winning or developing any stability. The injuries haven't helped.

''It's been pretty offensive luck,'' McCown said. '''It hasn't gone well. For whatever reason, it's just not gotten right.''

Adding insult to injury, the Browns were beaten Sunday by Eagles rookie quarterback Carson Wentz, who shined in his debut.

The Browns passed on a chance to take Wentz & traded the No. 2 overall pick to Philadelphia, yet Jackson said the team isn't second-guessing that decision.

''That was one game, & he played well,'' Jackson said. ''We'll look back & see where he is over a period of time, yet the Browns gotta obtain better.''

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