Robert Griffin III rolled out to his right in the first quarter against Jacksonville on Sunday, spotted a receiver downfield and let it fly.
And then he landed awkwardly out of bounds and began writhing in pain.
“I was on the far side of the field,” Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I was impressed by the throw, so I didn’t really notice he was down. And then when I looked to the sideline, I noticed he was telling people to back up. He really looked like he was in an immense amount of pain. I started to get worried. I didn’t know what it was, though.”
It was a dislocated ankle. It is unknown how much time Griffin will miss.
Luckily for Washington, Kirk Cousins is a reliable backup and Jacksonville is, well, Jacksonville. Cousins went 22-of-33 for 250 yards and two touchdowns in the 41-10 win.
“To me, it wasn’t a change,” Williams said. “I’ve played with both of them a great deal. I know Kirk. I know his style and I knew he would do great.”
Does that mean Cousins is better-suited to lead the offense than Griffin?
“I don’t think it’s my position to say that,” Williams said. “They both run it pretty well, if you ask me.”
Indeed, the transition was fairly seamless – as was the transition from Mike Shanahan to Jay Gruden.
“We kept a lot of the current coaches,” Williams said. “To me, there was no big change. And Jay is such a cool dude that as soon as you meet him, you feel like you’ve (known) him for a long time. He just makes you feel comfortable. He’s easy to talk to.”
The Redskins (1-1) will rely on Gruden and Cousins this Sunday when they take on the Eagles (2-0) in Philadelphia. It will be wide receiver DeSean Jackson’s first game back in the city where he spent the first six years of his career.
“I think he’s mature enough to (know how to) handle himself,” Williams said. “Obviously you’re going to have a little extra fuel with it being (in) Philly, but I think he’ll go out and play great. I don’t see it as a distraction.”
Speaking of distractions, Williams recently texted his former Oklahoma teammate, Adrian Peterson, to see how he was doing.
“I know he’s going through a lot,” Williams said. “I want to give him his space and let him figure it all out.”
Williams doesn’t necessarily agree with the backlash Peterson has received.
“I think it’s unfortunate that a man would take such criticism at the way he disciplined his child,” Williams said. “But to me, I just look at the situation in a different way. But you never want to see anybody hurt a child. I’ve been around him and his family plenty of times, and that’s definitely not the dad that he is. He’s a great father, very interactive with his kids. He’s a stern father as well and doesn’t allow his kids to be disobedient. So I was shocked by the accusation of child abuse, but who’s to say?”
Williams, 26, admitted that he was abused the exact same way when he was a child: with a switch.
“Looking back on it, I wouldn’t want to be raised any other way,” the Longview, Texas, native said. “Of course words can teach you right from wrong, but a butt-whopping is a real good deterrent. I feel like it helped me become the man I am today.”