For a few tantalizing moments, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III looked like his old self again in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at FedEx Field. Then his star-crossed career came unraveled again.
He was in the process of making one of the signature acrobatic plays that characterized his terrific 2012 season when he landed wrong on his left ankle and tumbled out of bounds in obvious agony. It appeared that he suffered a dislocation and he was carted off the field in apparent tears.
What else can go wrong for this guy? He hasn't been right since that horrible knee injury he suffered when he was hit by Ravens lineman Haloti Ngata late in the 2012 season, but he was showing signs of reemerging as the hugely exciting multi-threat quarterback he was before that injury.
Instead, in a strange parallel, backup Kirk Cousins came into the game and did just what he did after Griffin was injured in that game against the Ravens – giving the team a huge spark. He immediately connected on a touchdown pass to put the Redskins in front and quickly drove them to a couple more first-half touchdowns.
The Redskins appear to be on the way to their first victory of the season, but it will be small consolation after losing Griffin and – just minutes later – having top receiver DeSean Jackson leave the game with an apparent shoulder injury.