Posted January 06, 2013

Robert Griffin III reinjures knee on fumbled snap

Washington Redskins
The entire crowd at FedEx Field went silent upon seeing Robert Griffin III's injury. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

The entire crowd at FedEx Field went silent upon seeing Robert Griffin III’s injury. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Robert Griffin III’s spectacular rookie season came to an end in gut-wrenching fashion on Sunday evening. Griffin’s right knee, already fitted with a bulky brace due to an injury he suffered back in Week 14, bent awkwardly as he attempted to recover a fumbled snap against the Seahawks, leaving the Washington QB down in pain.

Eventually, Griffin gingerly stood up and limped into the tunnel behind the Redskins’ bench. Kirk Cousins replaced him on the Redskins’ next possession, though Griffin did return to the sideline.

Griffin initially hurt that knee when he took a huge hit during the Redskins’ win over Baltimore — as Haloti Ngata made contact with him, Griffin’s knee whipped forward and hyperextended.

RGIII tried to return to that game but left again after just four plays, then sat out Washington’s win over Cleveland the next week, then returned to the lineup against Philadelphia.

Despite delivering victories in Weeks 16 and 17, Griffin seemed to be playing at less than 100 percent — a fact that was quite noticeable whenever he tried to run the football. He had no real trouble leading Washington down the field for an early touchdown Sunday, though, even with a little hitch in his step.

But the game’s outlook began to change on Washington’s second scoring drive. On a 1st-and-goal play, Griffin scrambled to his right and fired an incompletion to the end zone as he fell to the turf. He came up limping badly. Neither Griffin nor the Redskins’ offense was able to recover after that, despite holding a 14-0 lead. Griffin’s dire situation was highlighted on zone-read option in the fourth quarter — he broke outside, then almost had to drag his leg forward for eight yards. Cousins’ first possession, after Seattle took a 24-14 lead courtesy of that fumbled Griffin snap, ended when he was hammered and threw an incomplete pass on 4th-and-14.

Mike Shanahan can expect some criticism for his decision to keep playing a clearly bothered RGIII, especially in the wake of a Sunday report that Dr. James Andrews never cleared Griffin to return to the Ravens game after his injury, despite Shanahan’s insistence that he did.

8 comments
conderjs
conderjs

I think Cousins should have started second half as well. I think also RGIII should have became passing QB last couple games of season and this playoff game, due simply to the fact that his Knee was damaged. With that said it was a good turn around season given we were suppose to finish 9-7 at best. Good job Shanahan on turning the year around. 

Knightshield
Knightshield

Shannahan is not going to get fried for this. Like we say down here in the South, "HE GONE GET FROUD !" How could a seasoned head coach stand there and watch such a thing happen? Either he didn't understand the extent of RG III's injury or just too plain blind to care. As for the team doctor's assessment on the injury, and clearing Griffin to play, somebody is telling a lie. Either the good doctor or Coach Shannahan.

Boron
Boron

Mike Shanahan should be fired, and he should be out of football for good.  He gambled for his own short term success and in the process he has jeopardized the future of one of the most promising young players the NFL has ever seen.  Disgusting, really. 

aab
aab

He didn't get hurt running a read option pistol offense. The ravens game he was hurt scrambling and today on the second drive again he hurt it scram billing. I guess qbs aren't supposed to scramble according to bbc. Pay a little more attention before you comment on an article hmmm...

bbc
bbc

Who could have thought that a QB can get hurt while running a read option pistol offense in NFL. Hmmm...

bbc
bbc

 @Boron

 Shanahan should have benched RG3 in favor of cousins at the start of 2nd half. It was clear RG3 had damaged his injured knee and wasn't effective after the 14-0 lead and it wasn't as if Redskins didn't have a decent backup QB option. Skins may have won the game had cousins played in the 2nd half.

bbc
bbc

 @aab

 And I suppose a scrambling QB is not a big part of read option pistol offense. Let's see... RG3 had a concussion while scrambling, hurt his knee while scrambling - the same knee injury which wasn't fully healed and might have serious repercussions, but I'm sure none of it has anything to do with the read option pistol offense Redskins are employing. Hmmmm... interesting!

Loki
Loki

 @bbc  @aabyou are ignoring the simple fact that QBs get hurt scrambling all of the time, regardless of the offense they are running...not running the pistol didn't stop Brady from getting his knee blown out...