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October 8, 2012

Redskins QB Griffin leaves loss with concussion



"I knew it was a big hit, and I knew after he laid down that something was wrong," Redskins running back Alfred Morris said. "So I was like, 'Oh, no.' I said a prayer for him."

Said Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander: "Obviously, it's a scary situation. Hopefully he's able to recover. Never want to rush a guy back like that. ... Hopefully Robert's able to get back as quick as possible — but only when he's completely healthy. Because once you get one concussion, they can occur rapidly if you go out there too soon."

Near the Falcons' sideline while trying to find someone to throw to in a 7-7 game, the No. 2 overall pick in this year's draft fell forward while being tripped up by one defender. Griffin's helmet slammed into the side of Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

As Griffin was led off the field by trainers, chants of "RG3! RG3!" rang out in the stands.

"I felt like he was still turning upfield, so I was just trying to make a play. Most quarterbacks would probably slide out of bounds or run out of bounds, but he's a tough guy," Weatherspoon said. "He's a tough guy, and I think he'll learn a little bit."

Griffin's injury came on an afternoon when his running had been scaled back.

Through Week 4, thanks in part to using some option plays, he was the league's top rushing QB, with 234 yards, and already had tied a Redskins season record for a quarterback with four TDs rushing.

But against the Falcons (5-0 for the first time in franchise history), Griffin's only run was a 7-yard gain on a scramble. He was 10 for 15 for 91 yards throwing.

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