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Ravens backup QB Robert Griffin III has fractured bone in right hand, out ‘at least a few weeks’

Ravens backup quarterback Robert Griffin III left Saturday night’s practice after hurting the thumb on his right (throwing) hand, an injury that could leave the team perilously thin under center early in the regular season.

The Ravens announced Sunday afternoon that Griffin fractured a bone in his right hand and will miss practice “for at least a few weeks.” ESPN previously reported that Griffin suffered a hairline fracture in the thumb and was expected to be out for four to eight weeks. Under that timeline, Griffin could miss the Ravens’ season opener against the Miami Dolphins and their Week 2 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

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Griffin, who appeared distraught after the open practice at M&T Bank Stadium concluded, said he hit his hand on the helmet of an onrushing defender. Griffin said he underwent X-rays but declined to comment further on the injury.

“I can’t tell you guys anything,” said Griffin, who was able to sign autographs afterward with his right hand. “It’s not my job. I’ve got to let the team tell you. I was having a great camp, felt good, so I’m really excited about what we’re going to be able to do this year.”

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Griffin was injured after hitting outside linebacker Tim Williams as he followed through on a pass. Williams embraced Griffin after the throw, seemingly as a goodwill gesture. “Guess that’s why they tell them to stay away from us” during practice, Griffin said of the play.

One year after making his way off the roster bubble and on to the Ravens’ 53-man roster, Griffin was poised to enter his second season in Baltimore as the team’s steady hand behind Lamar Jackson. The former Heisman Trophy winner and 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year with the Washington Redskins can replicate some of Jackson’s dual-threat ability, an important attribute in coordinator Greg Roman’s offense.

The only other quarterback on the Ravens’ roster is rookie Trace McSorley, whom the team drafted in the sixth round and has envisioned as a potential special teams weapon. With Griffin expected to be out several weeks, the Ravens will need to sign another quarterback to their 90-man roster.

“We’ll see what happened," coach John Harbaugh said Saturday. “Everybody say a prayer. I don’t think it’s bad, but say a prayer on that one.”


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