Griffin didn't log any snaps for the Buccaneers during the 2017 season while backing up Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick. The 28-year-old has yet to see action in a regular-season game over five seasons in the NFL. Griffin completed just four of nine passes for 57 yards with one interception last preseason before suffering a shoulder injury against the Bengals in the exhibition opener, which led to him being placed on injured reserve until a Nov. 7 activation. When Winston missed three full games and a portion of another with a shoulder injury of his own, Griffin was just a Fitzpatrick injury away from seeing snaps, but that never came to fruition. However, he could find himself as the primary backup to Winston in 2018, as Griffin is on the books for a reasonable $1.1 million, while Fitzpatrick will become an unrestricted free agent in March and is uncertain to be retained.
The Buccaneers activated Griffin (shoulder) from injured reserve Tuesday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports. Griffin's return from IR comes at a convenient time with head coach Dirk Koetter having announced Monday that Jameis Winston (shoulder) would be shut down for at least two weeks. Veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick will step in as the interim starter, but Griffin will be active for Sunday's game against the Jets as the backup while Winston is unavailable. Griffin was moved to IR on Sept. 4 after suffering the shoulder injury in the second game of the preseason, but he's been practicing for nearly three weeks and is no longer hurting.
Griffin (shoulder) will begin practicing Wednesday and can run the scout team, but he won't be eligible to rejoin the roster until Week 9, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Griffin won't be able to serve as reinforcement for the quarterback position in the wake of Jameis Winston's shoulder injury, but the development is encouraging nonetheless and allows Ryan Fitzpatrick to take first-team reps in anticipation of a possible start in Week 7. The 27-year-old Griffin isn't likely to be active on game days even when healthy, however, barring injury to Winston or Fitzpatrick.
Griffin (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. Griffin beat out rookie Sefo Liufau in a competition for the No. 3 quarterback job, but with Ryan Fitzpatrick providing ample experience behind Jameis Winston, the Bucs don't want to use a roster spot on Griffin while he recovers from a shoulder injury. The team could bring Griffin back from injured reserve after Week 8.
Head coach Dirk Koetter said Griffin (shoulder) will miss "weeks" recovering, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Fortunately, Griffin won't require surgery. However, his absence opens the door for Ryan Fitzpatrick to solidify himself as the backup to Jameis Winston, with Sefo Liufau set to operate as the No. 3 signal caller for the remainder of the preseason.
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