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                     === Griffin has Grade I LCL sprain ===
 
 Ashburn, VA (Sports Network) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan updated
 the status of quarterback Robert Griffin III on Monday and said the rookie has
 a Grade I sprain of the lateral collateral ligament.
 
 Griffin  was hurt during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against Baltimore
 and  tests  later in the  evening revealed a  right knee sprain. Shanahan gave
 further  details during  a  press conference  Monday and  said  he won't  know
 Griffin's  status for  next Sunday's game against Cleveland until later in the
 week.
 
 "We're  going to do what's in Robert's best interests, as well as the football
 team," Shanahan said Monday.
 
 Whether  the former  Heisman Trophy winner could return to practice Wednesday,
 Shanahan added, "I really don't know."
 
 Griffin  suffered the  injury  while scrambling  during Washington's  eventual
 game-tying  drive in a 31-28 overtime win over the Ravens. He briefly returned
 after  one play to  complete a pair of passes, including a 22-yarder to Pierre
 Garcon  that brought  Washington to the Baltimore 16 with around a minute left
 in  regulation,  but limped  off for  good after throwing  the ball away while
 under pressure on the next snap.
 
 Fellow  rookie Kirk  Cousins finished  the game  and would  be the  starter if
 Griffin  is unable to play against the Browns. Cousins threw a TD pass and ran
 for the tying two-point conversion in regulation.
 
 "To  prepare  yourself like he  has, it didn't surprise  me to succeed like he
 did," Shanahan said about Cousins on Monday.
 
 Griffin  went 15-of-26 for 246 yards and a touchdown before exiting on Sunday,
 while adding 34 rushing yards on seven attempts.
 
 The  22-year-old  Baylor  product  has  started every  game  this  season  for
 Washington,  which has  vaulted back  into playoff  contention in  the NFC  by
 ripping off four consecutive victories.
 
 Griffin  has completed  68.5 percent of his throws with 10 touchdowns and just
 one interception over the course of Washington's current unbeaten run.
 
 The Redskins are presently one game behind the New York Giants for first place
 in  the NFC East and trail by the same margin in the race for the conference's
 two wild card berths.
 
 
 
 12/10 15:29:19 ET