Browns RGIII cleared for con­tact, could play af­ter bye

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

Browns quar­ter­back Robert Grif­fin III has been cleared for con­tact, pav­ing the way for him to play again this sea­son.

Grif­fin has been side­lined since break­ing a bone in his left shoul­der late in the Sept. 11 opener against Philadel­phia. He re­turned to prac­tice last week, but still had to pass another med­i­cal test to make sure his in­jury had healed enough to ab­sorb hits.

The Browns (0-12) have a bye this week, but Grif­fin will likely start the Dec. 11 game against Cincin­nati. Browns coach Hue Jack­son could go back to rookie Cody Kessler, but he sus­tained his sec­ond con­cus­sion of the sea­son on Nov. 20 and only com­pleted the con­cus­sion pro­to­col on Mon­day.

Grif­fin signed a two-year, $15 mil­lion con­tract with the Browns in March. The Browns will have four games to eval­u­ate the 26-year-old RG3 and de­cide whether to bring him back as their starter in 2017.

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