January 07, 2013

RG3 Reinjures Knee in Washington Playoff Exit: Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III's spectacular rookie season came to an end Sunday when he re-injured his right knee, hurt four weeks earlier, in a 24-14 NFC wild-card playoff loss to Seattle. As new questions are being asked about coach Mike Shanahan playing the team's franchise quarterback despite the injury, team doctor James Andrews revealed that he never cleared Griffin to play after the original injury, contradicting comments by Shanahan.

posted by rcade to football at 11:20 AM - 11 comments

That was ugly to watch. Hope the long NFL off-season is enough time for him to heal and rebuild leg strength or next season's going to be long and angry in DC.

posted by billsaysthis at 11:40 AM on January 07, 2013

Griffin was a shadow of his former self after that second touchdown drive. He was walking around after that gruesome knee bend on the fumble in the final minutes, so I'm hoping it wasn't as catastrophic as it could have been.

Regardless of what RG3 wanted, Shanahan should've brought in the backup much earlier.

posted by rcade at 12:00 PM on January 07, 2013

By the fourth quarter, I was rooting for Seattle so that Griffin could get some rehab. There's already too much mythology in the NFL about playing through pain.

posted by etagloh at 12:38 PM on January 07, 2013

Dan Marino rushed for 87 yards in his career.

posted by Debo270 at 12:58 PM on January 07, 2013

Steve Young rushed for 4239. John Elway rushed for 3407.

posted by DudeDykstra at 09:13 PM on January 07, 2013

That was absolutely ridiculous of Shanahan. Put Cousins in and they may have had a chance. Everyone with half a brain who was watching that game could tell RG3 was nowhere near his usual self, and it cost them the game. Talk about a teachable moment for a rookie; I just hope he learned something from it, but it doesn't sound like anything sank in at this point. Sometimes maturity and professionalism means acknowledging and realizing when you are not at your best and are not helping your team by being out there when your backup is ready to go.

posted by evixir at 09:43 PM on January 07, 2013

Torn ACL and MCL, according to reports.

Washington potentially destroys the player they mortgaged the team's future on for a wild card playoff game, while the Vikings are cautious to protect Christian Ponder?

The person(s) within the Redskins organization involved in clearing Griffin to play may have cost the team it's future.

posted by dyams at 06:08 AM on January 08, 2013

Washington doesn't deserve to have such riches at QB with Griffin and Cousins.

By rights, they should have Skelton and Lindley, or Cassel and Quinn.

posted by beaverboard at 07:28 AM on January 08, 2013

Washington goes bonkers when Strasburg is protected. Washington goes bonkers when Griffin isn't protected.

Fun year.

posted by Mr Bismarck at 09:12 AM on January 08, 2013

With Strasburg the team didn't want to risk injury. Griffin was hurt and may have been put back on the field before he should have, without proper clearance.:

posted by dyams at 11:12 AM on January 08, 2013

Maybe winning the big "Rookie of the Year" award will make the idiots running the Redskins better able to cope wi the idea their franchise QB is having total reconstructive knee surgery. Watch the films of the guy hobbling around the end or limping through an option play all winter long.

Honestly, with the exception of the Giants, the organzations in the NFC East have, for the most part, taken some of the most storied franchises in football history and made them look ridiculous. Washington looks like it may finally be doing something right and they mess this up beyond all recognition.

posted by dyams at 07:04 AM on January 09, 2013

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