Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will have more tests today on the injured knee that knocked him out of a National Football League playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
MRI tests on the 22-year-old rookie were inconclusive due to prior injuries to the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said yesterday in a news conference. Griffin will meet today with orthopedic surgeon James Andrews for a second opinion, physical exam and more tests, according to Shanahan.
“Any time there are old injuries with the ACL and LCL, there’s always differences of opinion on the MRI,” Shanahan said.
The Washington Post, citing several people with knowledge of the test results who requested anonymity, reported last night that Griffin may have suffered at least partial tears of two ligaments.
Griffin has worn a brace on his right knee for several weeks after a previous injury and limped through much of the playoff game after hurting the leg in the first quarter. He was assisted off the field with six minutes remaining after his knee buckled when he tried to grab a low snap, and didn’t return to action as the Seahawks won 24-14 in Landover, Maryland.
The injury sparked debate around the league as to how long he should have remained in the game. Shanahan said two days ago that he considered removing Griffin in the first quarter and decided against it after speaking with the quarterback and team doctors, including Andrews. The coach affirmed that judgment yesterday.
“You don’t make decisions by yourself, you get a lot of opinions during the game, especially with a guy like Robert,” Shanahan said. “Not only talking to him, but talking to the doctors, and then you go with what you think is right.”
Griffin originally sprained his knee during a Dec. 9 win against the Baltimore Ravens and sat out the following week’s game in Cleveland. He acknowledged two days ago that he had put himself at more risk by starting the game.
“Every time you step on the football field, you’re putting your life, your career, every single ligament in your body in jeopardy,” he told reporters. “That’s just the approach I had to take. My teammates needed me out there, so I was out there for them.”
Griffin tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the third game of Baylor University’s 2009 college football season. He returned to the team the following season and in 2011 won the Heisman Trophy as the nation’s top college player.
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