Posted December 10, 2012

Robert Griffin III suffers knee injury, Kirk Cousins wins game for Redskins

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s 31-28 OT win over Baltimore, but that simply set the stage for Washington’s other rookie QB to deliver his own signature moment.

Late in the fourth quarter, with Washington down eight, Griffin scrambled and, as he spun to the ground, took a shot from Baltimore DT Haloti Ngata. Ngata hit Griffin in the chest, but the force of the blow caused Griffin’s right leg to whip around violently. Griffin’s knee (the same knee that he tore an ACL in back in 2009) appeared to hyperextend, and the possible Offensive Rookie of the Year winner walked gingerly off the field.

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After a brief conversation with the team’s trainers, Griffin reentered the game, only to leave again a few plays later — this time needing assistance to reach the bench after crumpling to the turf.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after the game that Griffin would require an MRI and that no further info on the injury would be available until then. Griffin headed into the Redskins’ locker room momentarily before overtime, then stood on the sideline with his leg wrapped.

Hopefully, this situation does not turn out to be as serious as when Griffin injured himself while at Baylor, but he returned to action that day as well, leading four touchdown drives before coming out of the game for good at halftime. Afterward, Griffin expressed optimism that it wasn’t an ACL injury, saying, “[it] shouldn’t be an ACL. I know what that feels like.” (UPDATE: The Redskins announced that an MRI of Griffin’s knee found no damage to the ligaments, calling it a knee sprain.)

Baylor coasted to a win over Northwestern State that day; Griffin’s team needed more of a boost from his backup Sunday.

Kirk Cousins proved up to the task. As Griffin lay on a table, surrounded by several Washington team doctors, [si_launchNFLPopup video='23d869b1d91a4534b72fc00d5f8d9f91']Cousins floated an 11-yard TD pass in to Pierre Garcon[/si_launchNFLPopup] with 29 seconds left, slicing Baltimore’s tenuous lead to 28-26. Following a timeout, Cousins then forced overtime by running in a two-point conversion on a QB draw.

The Redskins did not need Cousins to do anything but hand off in overtime — Richard Crawford (pick No. 213 in April) broke free for a 64-yard punt return to put Washington in field-goal range, and Kai Forbath drilled a 34-yarder for the win.

The Redskins improved to 7-6 with the victory, good enough to keep the heat on the Giants in the NFC East and stay in the wild-card race. Griffin’s health will temper the celebration a bit, even if Cousins came through in the clutch.

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23 comments
JOEL30
JOEL30

Wow, I certainly hope Robert gets better.  I hyperextended my knee one day playing basketball and it healed in less than a few days.  I have to hand it to him to go back out there at Baylor and again for the Redskins.  He's a tough one - but I hope he sits out for a while and lets nature do it's thing.  I would think he won't need surgery - it's probably not as bad as an ACL like before.  Hopefully, it's just hand him to the training room after some rest and rebuild his knee a little.  Good luck to RGIII on the rehab.

GayNiner
GayNiner

CKaepernick is most likely next.

GayNiner
GayNiner

Do not believe that there is no injury. It is in fact one. Out 6 weeks.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

The problem with RGIII is that he's absolutely fearless and takes these hellacious hits. There is a HUGE difference between a scrambler who gets train wrecked downfield and a mobile QB who can slide around the pocket and buy time outside the pocket for coverage to crack. QB rushing records tell me 4 things:

 

a) QB has poor O-line protection

b) QB isn't confident in his reads or WRs

c) QB has no patience

d) Coaches are clueless with their investment and are including stupidity in their playbook

 

The franchise didn't draft him for his scrambling, they drafted him to be mobile and extend plays not just as a rook but 8-10 years down the road. He's not going to make it past his rookie contract with these beatings. He's more than smart enough to learn the nuances of pocket passing like eye, head and shoulder fakes, while combining it with escapability and a rocket arm.

JamesDickason
JamesDickason

Another cheep shot by a Ravens player. And got away with it as usual--

John81
John81

Sux big time if it's serious. RGIII is a class act all the way around and has sooooo much pure potential.

 

This is what happens when QB's run with the ball tho. Alot of peeps think his 'greatness' stems from his legs; that may be a part of it, but he has an awesome/strong/accurate arm, and he's got a good head on his shoulders.

 

What I am saying is, even if this is very worst case and his mobility is severely degraded, he's still a dam good pocket passer. Hasn't seemed to hurt Tom Brady any...

John18
John18

every NFL fan would want him on his team

ddorma21
ddorma21

It was a clean hit by Ngata. Griffin is fragile enough to beat the Ravens, I'd say hardly fragile at all. He came back in after the hit and drove them down the field, then stepped off. Don't hate on a rookie QB that is proving history wrong.

destrusdominate
destrusdominate

Good clean hit by Ngata. No fine needed. If RG3 is too fragile to play football he shouldn't be playing.

stpetejohnny
stpetejohnny

It looks like an ACL to me...

I don't think anyone is surprised he was hurt, it was bound to happen. His style and his body type is not conducive to staying healthy as an NFL QB. He has a small body frame with a lot of added muscle. I would wager he is barely two hundred pounds at this point in the season.

On a positive note Cousins looks like he could be solid.

M as in Mancy
M as in Mancy

 @JamesDickason 

And despite the GIF being at the top of the article, somehow you made an ignorant comment without seeing the actual event...

BBBigster
BBBigster

 @destrusdominate Funny calling RG3 fragile.  Fragile QBs are those then break their ankle when DLs breath on them.  Just look @ 3rd stronger Sexy Rexy.  Ripped his knee on a meh-hit.   Now, I would call RGIII freak for not tearing up his knee after getting it whacked like that. and Tough for playing on one knee for 3-4 plays.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @destrusdominate Rather obvious that you have never done any physical activity where your knee took a shot. 

nicoleb
nicoleb

Stop hatin..RGIII is not too fragile, that was a helluva hit he took.  Unlike some whinin' QBs in the league he still returned to the game.  And after going to the locker room, he still returned to support and lead his team on to VICTORY!  HTTR!!!

Jared94
Jared94

 @destrusdominate Fragile? I would like to see you get hit like that and then get up and keep playing. 

destrusdominate
destrusdominate

 @JoeCabot You have no point. No, I do not play professional football. If i did, i wouldn't be in a forum responding to you? Duh. It's rather obvious you are as dumb as they come. I am just stating the truth that RG3 isn't going to last long in this league because he is a small framed QB, no bulk, and yet he runs 'thinking' that he is invincible. He's going to be injured all of the time!!! That is truth, not 'hatin'.

destrusdominate
destrusdominate

 @nicoleb Puhlease. Lead his team to victory? you mean cheer on Kirk Cousins, who has outperformed RG3 in clutch games, and is a better QB than RG3 to victory. RG3 is too fragile. He won't be playing in 3 years. RG3P0 is a bust. And by the way, it isn't called "hatin", its called "calling out the truth".

destrusdominate
destrusdominate

 @Jared94 Yes, i did not stutter. FRAGILE!!!! He is not going to last long in this game. Comparing me to playing football has no point in the statement that I am making!

ddorma21
ddorma21

@Jared94 @destrusdominate No doubt Jared. He kept going by driving them down the field on one leg!