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Will The Vikings Be Facing RGIII This Weekend?

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Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

While the injuries have been mounting a bit for the Minnesota Vikings, their opponents this weekend appear to have a much larger issue on that front.

This past Sunday, in their 24-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins' star quarterback Robert Griffin III was knocked out of the game. . .literally. . .by a nasty shot from Falcons' linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. RGIII was diagnosed with a mild concussion, and fellow rookie Kirk Cousins took over for Washington the rest of the way.

(Side note: I just want to declare my intense dislike for the phrase "mild concussion." Anyone that thinks there's such a thing as a "mild" concussion has probably never actually been concussed before. There's nothing mild about a "mild" concussion. Back to the story.)

Our friends over at Hogs Haven have been on top of this story, as you would expect, and inform us that while Griffin has said that he expects to start against Minnesota on Sunday, he has still not yet been cleared for contact.

Griffin III says that he's feeling alright, but much like we saw with Erin Henderson in Weeks 3 and 4, it doesn't make any difference how a player "feels" after a concussion in today's NFL. Players have to pass a battery of tests before they can get back on the field, and that will determine whether or not the Vikings have to face RGIII this Sunday.

RGIII's status is obviously going to have a big impact on this weekend's game, and we'll be monitoring the situation, as will the folks from Hogs Haven.