The Washington Redskins have announced quarterback Robert Griffin III will be benched for the team’s Sunday tilt against Indianapolis. The move immediately brings into question if the former Heisman Trophy winner’s run in the D.C. could be over.

ESPN reported the Redskins will turn to journeyman Colt McCoy, with coach Jay Gruden informing the team of the move early Wednesday morning.  The website adds some in the know are predicting the move is intended as more of a “reset” than overriding signal Washington has completely given up on the fourth year vet.

The Redskins traded away three first-round and a second round pick to earn the rights to draft Griffin in the 2012 draft. But since his rookie season, things have drastically gone downhill.

Washington hired Gruden during the offseason with the express purpose of having him work with RGIII. Gruden has a longtime reputation for being among the best in the league to work with young signal callers.

During Washington’s 17-13 loss to San Francisco, Griffin struggled mightily. He was sacked five times in completing just 11 of 19 passes for 105 yards. Even when he had time to throw, Griffin struggled, averaging just six-yards a completion.

It’s a far cry from his rookie season when he threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns and rushed for another 815 yards and seven scores in leading Washington to their first NFL East title in more than 15 seasons.

In five games overall this season, the 24-year-old Griffin has thrown for just 869 yards and two touchdowns. Griffin began experiencing knee problems during his second season and three 12 interceptions in 13 games that year, compared to just the five he threw as a rookie.

Over his last two seasons spanning 18 regular-season games, Griffin’s overall rushing production has also slipped to under 600 yards and no touchdowns, as he has thrown 15 interceptions overall.

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