Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III will undergo tests today to determine the extent of a right knee injury that forced him out of yesterday’s 31-28 overtime win against Baltimore.
Griffin, the second overall pick in this year’s National Football League draft, was hurt in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter when he collided with the Ravens’ Haloti Ngata as he scrambled for a first down.
“It was just a freak play,” Griffin said at his postgame news conference. “It was a pretty painful experience, but hopefully I’ll be OK.”
Griffin, 22, left for one play, returned for four more and then was replaced by fellow rookie Kirk Cousins, who threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon with 29 seconds left and then ran for the tying two-point conversion to force overtime. Griffin passed for 246 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 34 yards on seven carries before leaving.
“I knew I needed to get out at that point,” Griffin said. “I couldn’t move. If I tried to play the rest of that game I probably would have hurt myself more.”
The Redskins (7-6) have won four straight games and moved into playoff contention in large part because of the play of Griffin, who has completed 66 percent of his passes for 2,906 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. He’s also set an NFL rookie quarterback record with 748 rushing yards.
The Redskins next visit the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 16.
“I feel pretty good right now about the whole situation,” Griffin said. “I’m not too nervous, but I’ll definitely be praying during the MRI.”