The better RGIII runs the more cautious he and the Redskins need to be

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Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) rushes the ball against the Chicago Bears during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

I pronounced that Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was back, after his best performance of the season against the Chicago Bears.  Griffin ran for 84 yards on 11 attempts, and looked much more confident and fluid as a runner.

After the weekly RGIII controversy sprang up about him trying to draw late hit penalties while running out of bounds.  He seemed to make it a point to ensure he got out of bounds safely when the opportunity presented itself.

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However, with his concussion and knee injury from last season still on fans minds, you kind of have to hold your breath for a second when RGIII runs the football.  And then exhale only when you see he made it through the play without injury.

As well as Griffin used the sidelines to protect himself against the Bears, there was one play in the second quarter where Griffin was hit extremely hard by Bears cornerback Charles Tillman.  Griffin got up without much hesitation, but the hit was a reminder that RGIII needs to remember to slide and limit the amount of punishment he takes.

The last thing the Redskins need right now is for RGIII to be knocked out of the lineup after he’s just now getting back to playing at a high level.  So yes, it’s great to see him running and making plays, but the Redskins should not get carried away with his number of carries, and RGIII needs to continue to get out of bounds, and slide to prevent another injury.

Topics: RGIII, Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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