According to Josina Anderson of ESPN, doctors have cleared Cleveland Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III to practice. He has not yet been cleared to play in a game, but it still puts the attention on the organization now to make a decision.
I'm told #Browns QB Robert Griffin has been cleared by doctors to practice. He's set to meet with the team today to determine next steps.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) November 16, 2016
If Griffin were to practice this week, the team would have to officially name him as their player who is “designated to return” from injured reserve. It would also rule out a 2016 return for OLB Nate Orchard, who is the only other player on the team who the tag might be seriously considered for.
Comments made by Sashi Brown this week insinuate that Griffin will return this year, though, and that it’ll be up to head coach Hue Jackson on how he wants to use him. If Griffin were designated to return this week, then he could practice for up to 21 days before the team then is forced to decide whether they’d officially like to put him on the 53-man roster, or leave him on IR. If Griffin were called up to the active roster, he’d probably replace quarterback Joe Callahan.