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RGIII Suffers Concussion, But Says He 'Will Play Next Week'

Trainers check Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after a hard tackle during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.
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Trainers check Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) after a hard tackle during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Landover, Md., Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012.

The Washington Redskins suffered a 24 to 17 loss against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. But perhaps the more troubling news was the concussion Redskins' quarterback Robert Griffin III sustained during the third quarter.

Griffin was running wide when Atlanta linebacker Sean Witherspoon's shoulder hit the left side of Griffin's helmet. Following the collision, Griffin didn't know the score of the game or what quarter it was, reports the Washington Post.

According to Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan, doctors said Griffin suffered a "minor concussion. But he's feeling better now." Griffin was out the rest of the game, forcing Kirk Cousins to make his NFL debut.

It's unknown whether Griffin will start in next week's home game against the Minnesota Vikings. Under NFL rule, Griffin must be cleared by an independent neurologist before being allowed to practice or play.

Griffin thanked fans for their concern in a tweet Sunday night, saying "Thank you for all the prayers and support. I'm ok and I think after all the testing I will play next week."

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