It doesn’t sound good for RG3.
An injury that sidelines Robert Griffin III well into next season is a very real possibility – or at least it appeared that way after Coach Mike Shanahan described the results of tests on the rookie’s right knee.
Shanahan said the results are prompting the team to send Robert Griffin III to Florida to see renowned orthopedist James Andrews for more exams, essentially a 2nd opinion that will decide the team’s destiny for the 2013 season.
”There is a concern,” Shanahan said. ”That’s why he’s going to see him.”
Griffin tore his ACL while playing for Baylor in 2009, and Shanahan said that old injury caused Griffin’s latest MRI to prove inconclusive and produce ”differences of opinion” in those who have looked at it.
”They want to look again and have a physical examination with him,” Shanahan said, ”to make sure they’re not looking at old injuries.”
A ripped ACL often needs a rehabilitation period of 9 to 12 months, though some players don’t return to full health till their 2nd season after the injury. On the other hand, one of this season’s most remarkable stories was Adrian Peterson, who returned about 8 months after tearing an ACL and virtually broke the NFL’s single-season rushing record.
Notably, Shanahan referenced Peterson, indicating that the Vikings back had the big season without the benefit of an offseason practice program. It could be a possible scenario for Griffin.
Shanahan was grilled about his handling of Griffin’s injury. Already playing with a heavy black brace in his 3rd game since spraining a lateral collateral ligament, Griffin hurt the knee again when he fell awkwardly while throwing a pass in 1st quarter of Sunday’s 24-14 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Las Vegas odds
Griffin stayed in the game, but he was far from his usual self, obviously favoring the knee and unable to run with the world-class speed that helped define his play early in the season.
Then, in the 4th quarter with the Redskins trailing by 7, the knee buckled the wrong way when Griffin tried to field a bad shotgun snap. The Seattle Seahawks recovered the fumble deep in Washington territory, setting up a short field goal that helped put the game out of reach. Griffin was done for the evening.
Shanahan said he thought he made the ”right decisions” to keep Griffin in the game and that it’d be ”crazy” to think he would intentionally sacrifice Griffin’s career to win a game. He announced he did not speak with team doctors initially after Griffin was hurt in 1st quarter, instead relying on Griffin’s word.
”I went up to Robert. I said, ‘You OK?”’ Shanahan said. ”And he said, ‘I’m fine.”’
Griffin was also feeling the criticism for not taking himself out. He did not appear in the locker room during the 2 hours it was open to reporters.
Teammates defended Griffin’s desire to play hurt, saying it is part of an athlete’s competitive nature.
”It’s a slippery slope, I guess you can say, because you want to help the team,” said receiver Pierre Garcon, who faced a similar dilemma this season while dealing with a painful toe injury.