Griffin limited in practice with sprained shoulder as Redskins prepare for Cowboys

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ASHBURN, Virginia — Robert Griffin III has a sprained throwing shoulder that limited him in practice Wednesday as the Washington Redskins prepared for their season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.

Griffin appeared to be throwing normally during the portion of the workout open to reporters, but coach Jay Gruden said the shoulder has some "lingering soreness."

"It needs to get better," Gruden said. "I don't think it's a serious deal, but if it affects his throwing, then it could be an issue."

Gruden said Griffin was hurt on a sack by Fletcher Cox in the fourth quarter of Saturday's 27-24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Griffin remained in the game.

The Redskins have only one other quarterback, Kirk Cousins, on the 53-man roster, but Gruden said he doesn't think the injury is serious enough to bring in someone else as a contingency measure.

"I don't anticipate that happening," Gruden said.

Colt McCoy, who has started five games this season, is on injured reserve with a neck injury.

Griffin will get a chance to rest the shoulder Thursday because the Redskins are not practicing on Christmas Day.

Griffin has had an injury-riddled three seasons in the NFL. He's had two major leg injuries, including a dislocated ankle that sidelined him for six games this season.

Left tackle Trent Williams did not practice Wednesday, but he said he expected to play against Dallas. Williams has a sprained right shoulder and also played through a sprained right knee and sprained right ankle this season. He was nevertheless selected to his third Pro Bowl on Tuesday.

"I didn't put my best product on the field a lot of times this year," Williams said, "just trying to play through injuries to be there for my teammates."


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