RGIII to start for Browns against Bengals

By Alec Brzezinski 8 December 2016
RGIII to start for Browns against Bengals

Robert Griffin III will start for the winless Cleveland Browns against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Griffin, a former second overall pick of the Washington Redskins in 2012, joined the Browns in the offseason but has been kept on the sideline because of a shoulder injury suffered in his Cleveland debut versus the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sunday's visit of the Bengals arguably presents the Browns with their best chance to win a game this season, but with rookie quarterback Cody Kessler still nursing an injury and journeyman veteran Josh McCown proving to be nothing more than a backup, they are turning back to a player in Griffin who has not been able to stay on the field.

The former Baylor star, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2011, enjoyed a terrific rookie season in which he completed 65.6 per cent of his passes for 3,200 yards and 27 total touchdowns.

But knee, ankle and shoulder injuries and questions over his work ethic have since derailed what had been a promising start after Griffin was named the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year while leading the Redskins to the playoffs.

Following the meeting with the Bengals, the Brows face road games with the Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers - sandwiched by a home finale against the San Diego Chargers - as they try to avoid joining the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams in NFL history to go 0-16.

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