RGIII to undergo further tests on knee injury
“Any time there are old injuries with the ACL and LCL, there’s always differences of opinion on the MRI,” said Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on Monday.
Robert Griffin III previously tore his ACL while playing at Baylor in 2009. He returned the next season to win the 2011 Heisman trophy and rank as the nations’ top prospect for the NFL drafts.
Mike Shanahan added that Robert Griffin III will travel tomorrow to see team specified orthopedist James Andrews for further medical examination of the knee injury. Under the scenario that Robert Griffin III has torn his ACL again, he is expected to be sidelined for 9-12 months while rehabbing form the knee injury. It will definitely pose a threat to his status for next season.
The Washington Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III was injured long before the wild card round and reinjured his knee twice while playing in Sunday’s playoff against the Seattle Seahawks. Since the kickoff, Robert Griffin III seemed to be playing with a limp as he struggled with the accuracy on his throws and running game. It was the third game Robert Griffin III played while being limited with a heavy brace on his knee, courtesy of a LCL sprain sustained in 9th December win over the Baltimore Ravens. Robert Griffin III practiced all week with the brace on although he hinted towards not needing it anymore.
Initially, Robert Griffin III hurt his knee while falling awkwardly on a throw in Sunday’s first quarter. Robert Griffin III’s woes continued into the fourth quarter with the Washington Redskins trailing by seven points when his knee buckled the wrong way while taking a low snap.
Mike Shanahan was widely criticized for risking Robert Griffin III to further injury by keeping him so late in the game, especially when the Washington Redskins had a viable option for replacement at quarterback in the form of fourth rounder Kirk Cousins.
“Every time you step on the football field, you’re putting your life, your career, every single ligament in your body in jeopardy,” Robert Griffin III acknowledged the risk of playing with an injured knee. “That’s just the approach I had to take. My teammates needed me out there, so I was out there for them.”
The Washington Redskins should have pulled Robert Griffin III out of the game following his first injury in Sunday’s game. But Mike Shanahan put him back on field after consulting with the quarterback, team doctors and orthopedist James Andrews present on the sideline. Mike Shanahan said that ultimately the decision was left to Robert Griffin III to determine his level of tolerance and likelihood of continuing playing.
“You don’t make decisions by yourself, you get a lot of opinions during the game, especially with a guy like Robert,” reiterated Mike Shanahan on Monday. “Not only talking to him, but talking to the doctors, and then you go with what you think is right.”
Besides, Robert Griffin III later stated that he probably would have declined Mike Shanahan’s orders of staying benched in Sunday’s game.