Quarterback Robert Griffin III could make his return from a shoulder injury late in the NFL season for the Cleveland Browns.
Griffin was placed on injured reserve on September 12 with a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder, having been hurt in the season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
But Griffin could return this season, according to Browns general manager and vice-president of football operations Sashi Brown.
"Robert did a nice job coming in and earning the starting job here and solidifying for us what we thought was that position for certainly the more quarters than he played," Brown said, adding Griffin is "on pace" to return before the end of the season.
Brown did admit that Griffin's "durability issues have followed him" to Cleveland.
Griffin was seen throwing on the sidelines before Thursday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The Browns play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, but it is unlikely Griffin would be ready to return that soon.
"First we've got to get him healthy," Brown said, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
"He's in the process of going back to the docs. He looks like he's on pace to be able to come back later this year. If we have that, we pride ourselves in having competition at every spot and trust that he would have the opportunity to do that."
The Washington Redskins selected Griffin with the number two overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but released the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner in March.
The Browns then signed him to a two-year, $15million contract. His injury was followed by a shoulder injury to veteran Josh McCown and the Browns then turned to rookie Cody Kessler.
The Browns have also used wide receiver Terrelle Pryor and rookie Kevin Hogan at quarterback.