BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Robert Griffin III’s next comeback isn’t quite ready to begin.
Cleveland’s quarterback, who broke a bone in his left shoulder while making his debut with the Browns in the season opener, has been cleared for non-contact drills and could play again this season.
However, he won’t practice this week and it’s not clear when he’ll be back on the field. Griffin was on a stationary bike off to the side Wednesday as the winless Browns (0-10) continued preparing for Sunday’s home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Griffin has been sidelined since breaking the coracoid bone in his shoulder at the end of a running play in the fourth quarter of the Sept. 11 loss to the Eagles.
There’s no guarantee RG3 will play in any of Cleveland’s last six games, but the Browns would like to take another look at the 26-year-old to see if he can be their starter next season and beyond.
Once he begins practicing, the Browns will have 21 days to decide whether to take Griffin off injured reserve and put him on the active roster.
Griffin signed a two-year, $15 million contract in March with the Browns, who were willing to give him a chance to revive his career after his four-year stint with Washington, which began so spectacularly, ended with his release earlier this year.
Griffin overcame a serious knee injury while he was with the Redskins, but he lost his starting job last season to Kirk Cousins and didn’t play a single snap.
With Griffin on their roster, Cleveland passed on a chance to take Carson Wentz in the draft and traded the No. 2 overall pick to Philadelphia.
Griffin’s injury was the first of several key ones for the Browns, who have been forced to play six quarterbacks. Rookie Cody Kessler, who was benched in favor of veteran Josh McCown in the second half last week against Baltimore, will start against the Steelers.