Robert Griffin III will undergo a scan today after the rookie quarterback aggravated a right knee injury during the Washington Redskins’ 24-14 season-ending loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Griffin, 22, completed just 4-of-11 passes for 16 yards after hurting his knee late in the first quarter. He left yesterday’s game midway through the fourth quarter after his knee buckled as he unsuccessfully tried to grab a low snap.
“When it comes to the impact of the injury, I’m not sure what it is,” Griffin, the second overall pick in the 2012 National Football League draft, said at a news conference. “We’ll figure that out in the next few days. Whatever it is, I’ll make sure I come back healthy from it.”
Griffin originally sprained his knee during a Dec. 9 win against Baltimore and sat out the following week’s game in Cleveland. He wore a knee brace yesterday and threw touchdown passes on the Redskins’ first two drives before re-injuring his knee while throwing a pass.
“I did put myself at more risk by being out there,” said Griffin, who this season had the highest rookie passer-rating in NFL history. “But every time you step on the football field, you’re putting your life, your career, every single ligament in your body in jeopardy. That’s just the approach I had to take. My teammates needed me out there, so I was out there for them.”
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he considered taking Griffin out of the game after the first quarter, though decided against it after talking with his rookie captain.
“I thought he did enough for our football team this season to have a chance,” Shanahan said. “He said, ‘I want to be in there’ and he deserved to be in there.”
Shanahan said the team wouldn’t have played Griffin if there was significant risk of further injury to his lateral collateral ligament. The Redskins outgained the Seahawks 129 to nine in offensive yards during the first quarter and then were outgained 371-74 the rest of the game.
“Mike asked me if I was OK, I said yes,” Griffin said. “I’m the quarterback of this team. My job it to be out there if I can play. The only time I couldn’t play is when I went down and I took myself out of the game. I don’t think me being out there hurt the team in any way.”