RGIII goes under the knife
Griffin, who lit the NFL ablaze in his rookie season for the Redskins, is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the 2013 season. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, is supposed to take six to eight months to recover from.
Some argue that Griffin's extensive injury could have been prevented had Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan pulled Griffin from the game after he initially tweaked his already-injured knee in the first quarter of the game. Griffin reportedly insisted on staying in, and Shanahan obliged.
Griffin limped his way through the game until he crumbled trying to retrieve a low snap from the shotgun in the 4th quarter. The play was a disaster all around for Washington, as it resulted in a game-crippling lost fumble and a debilitating injury to their phenomenal young quarterback.
Shanahan has said that after watching game tape he thinks that Griffin tore the knee up on the play prior to the fumble.
Most people who have played football in their lives, including myself, likely have trouble faulting Griffin or Shanahan for letting the quarterback stay in the game, despite the success backup Kirk Cousins had had earlier in the season. Griffin is a competitor and a leader and this was the biggest game of the season.
There is a macho mentality in football, like it or hate it, and sometimes injuries like these are the direct byproduct of that. It comes with the territory.
If Griffin returns at full strength, this will be a blip in his career and Shanahan's. If he is impacted for the rest of his career by his bum knee, then there will be second guessing forever.
What do you think?