For the second straight season, the Browns have lost their starting quarterback due to injury.
Robert Griffin III was placed on injured reserve with the designation to return Monday, a day after the team’s opening week 1 29-10 loss at Philadelphia.
Griffin sustained a fractured coracoid bone in his left shoulder according to the team and will be re-evaluated in 3-4 weeks.
“It’s very unfortunate, Robert came in and has worked extremely hard to learn our offense and earn the respect of his teammates,” Browns head coach Hue Jackson said. “This is a tough loss because everyone has seen how invested he has been in this team and his dedication to the work needed to improve his craft. We all know these are the realities of the NFL, injuries occur and you have to find ways to overcome them so they don’t impede your progress.
“Robert will do everything in his power to rehab and get healthy but Josh McCown is on this roster for a reason and we have great confidence in him. He is more than capable. His veteran presence has been an asset to our team throughout our process of preparing for the season. We look forward to him assuming the role of the starter and leading our offensive unit.”
Griffin, who signed a 2-year, $15 million deal in March, completed 12 of 26 passes for 190 yards and added 37 rushing yards in his Browns debut.
McCown is expected to start next Sunday’s home opener against the Baltimore Ravens. He started 8 games for the Browns last season where he completed 186 of 292 passes for 2,109 yards with 12 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and a 93.3 rating.