Heady days of 2012 a distant memory for struggling RG3

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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

(Reuters) - A little over two years ago, Robert Griffin III embarked on his rookie season in the National Football League under a heavy weight of expectation as a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback.

The player nicknamed RG3 rose impressively to the occasion as he led the Washington Redskins to a division title with a 10-6 mark before injuring his knee in a playoff loss to Seattle that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation.

Fast forward to this week and it has become a very different story for the injury-plagued Griffin who has been demoted to the bench by Redskins coach Jay Gruden with Colt McCoy set to start at quarterback against Indianapolis on Sunday.

Though this represents a stunning fall from grace for Griffin, a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 when he was voted the NFL's offensive rookie of the year, Gruden said on Wednesday the 24-year-old was still part of the team's long-range plans.

"If you don't produce, then you have to maybe take a step back," Gruden said on a conference call after announcing that Griffin would be the backup quarterback against the Colts in Indianapolis.

"It doesn't mean you're out of the league forever, it doesn't mean you're out of graces, it means that we're just going to give another guy an opportunity and go from there."

McCoy, a five-year NFL veteran out of Texas, has played well in two games this season for Washington.

He replaced Kirk Cousins and led the Redskins to a 19-17 win over Tennessee on Oct. 19, then started against Dallas the following week and completed 25 of 30 passes for 299 yards in a 20-17 overtime victory.   Continued...

Nov 23, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) looks to throw a pass against the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth quarter at Levi's Stadium. The 49ers defeated the Redskins 17-13. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports