Posted January 07, 2013

Redskins may be preparing for the worst with regards to RGIII’s injury

Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III left Sunday’s game for good after twisting his knee in the fourth quarter.
Dick Druckman/AP

Even though they bowed out of the playoffs over the weekend, Tuesday stands as a very, very important day for the Washington Redskins.

That’s when, according to Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, quarterback Robert Griffin III will be examined by the famed Dr. James Andrews to determine how severely Griffin injured his troublesome right knee during Washington’s playoff loss to Seattle. If the Washington Post is accurate, Redskins fans ought to prepare for the worst.

The Post reported Monday that Griffin “suffered possible partial tears of his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments.” The follow-up exam on Tuesday will determine if those injuries are new or related to prior ailments — Griffin tore the ACL in his right knee while playing for Baylor, and he injured the LCL just a few weeks back against the Ravens.

Should Andrews discover that Griffin did more damage Sunday, when his leg buckled while he tried to recover a fumble, the ramifications could be costly for the Redskins.

Already, per the Post report, the possibility exists that Griffin will require exploratory surgery to determine the extent of damage. At this point, nothing has been ruled out, including reconstructive surgery.

Such a serious procedure is no longer the career-ending threat that it would have been just a few years ago. Adrian Peterson, as NFL fans are well aware, returned from a devastating knee injury suffered last December to star this season.

Shanahan even referenced Peterson’s recovery during his newsconference Monday — which some took as a hint at the severity of Griffin’s injury.

Griffin said following Sunday’s game that “it’s up in the air right now” if he had injured his ACL again; when he first went down this season, after a hard hit from Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata, the Redskins’ rookie said, “It shouldn’t be an ACL — I know what that feels like.”

With serious ligament damage, even an accelerated recovery like Peterson’s would put Griffin’s status for the start of the 2013 season in jeopardy. And that’s if the Redskins want to push the envelope with their franchise player.

The results of Tuesday’s exam could increase heavily the responsibilities for another rookie QB, Kirk Cousins. He delivered a win in relief of Griffin against Baltimore, then helped the Redskins take down Cleveland for a key win.

There was a little buzz that Cousins could be dealt this offseason to a QB-needy team like Arizona or Kansas City. Griffin’s knee issues probably take any of those possibilities off the table.

No matter what the prognosis is for Griffin now or when he gets back on the field, the Redskins may be forced to reevaluate their game plan for him. Continuing to encourage Griffin to slide and get out of bounds when possible is step one, but a great deal of Washington’s current offense revolves around RGIII’s ability to beat defenses on the ground.

That strategy, however, exposes him to more shots downfield — a reality that grew more and more problematic for Washington as the 2012 season wore on.

No one will know anything for sure until Andrews has another chance to look at Griffin’s knee. Until then, all the Redskins and their fans can do is cross their fingers and hope things are not as bad as they looked Sunday.

17 comments
Simon1
Simon1

The Redskins are in great shape, as they were so smart in drafting Kirk Cousins.  At first, everyone was left scratching their heads on draft day when Cousins was selected.  Well, the Redskins brass knew more than any of us, and the smart move in 2013 will be for Washington to fortify their O-Line.  This Redskins team can repeat their success with Cousins under Center, as long as they address their O-Line needs.  

 

Another Wide Receiver wouldn't hurt, either.

MyWorldNow
MyWorldNow

It was expected. He was trying too hard to please. 

colonialjump
colonialjump

Nice going Shanahan. You've just managed to destroy the greatest rookie QB sensation since Dan Marino by turning him into Dan Marino ie - a great football mind and arm on completely useless legs. Well done - you idiot!

Hashtag#
Hashtag#

you don't luck out on an acl. peterson put in hard work to get back. 

 

good luck robert. you need it man. 

 

BruceLee
BruceLee

RG III is now being downgraded to RG2.5. He will never be the same. Peterson got lucky this year, but once you tear the ACL, it always catches up with you.

Poundfoolish42
Poundfoolish42

How about blaming Danny boy Snyder for the condition of the field?  The same field that led to Seattle's D-Lineman Clemons also tearing his ACL in a no-contact situation.  With all the money Snyder wastes he can't upgrade his lousy sod into something players can actually run on? 

Bill R
Bill R

You know people get punished and even fired every day over being irresponsible with company property.  I'm not saying that Shanahan should be fired, but he certainly was not responsible in handling the franchise player on Sunday.  Anyone with two eyes saw that RGIII was not OK in the 1st quarter AND was playing on one of the crappiest fields in recent memory.  Danny boy needs to sit and have a talk with Shanahan.

FredFlintsone
FredFlintsone

With a very good backup Cousins on hand leave it to  "mastermind" to risk career of skins franchise QB. Its not like with that terrible D skins were going to win anyhow vs the leagues no. 1 scoring defense.

John4
John4

This does not affect the trade with the Rams.  The Skins will still owe first round picks to the Rams for the next two years.  

Remember, great trade for the Redskins IF RG3 stays healthy.  Not so much if he is injured.  

(No hate, either, I think RG3 is awesome, but he needs to learn how to avoid contact in order to stay healthy).  

geeon1
geeon1

 @Poundfoolish42 January weather destroys fields. You probably have forgotten since it has been awhile since the Redskins made the playoffs  :)

ericwkillian
ericwkillian

@Poundfoolish42 And don't forget that was the field that Peterson tore his ACL on last year also

JackWilliams
JackWilliams

 @FredFlintsone

 With a healthy RG3, the 'Skins were dominating the Hawks  in that game. I was shocked at the ease with which the 'Skins put two TDs  on that No. 1 scoring defense.

geeon1
geeon1

 @John4 RG3 is like all the other "running" QB's, prone to big injuries and he is not exactly a heavy guy either. 215 lbs in todays age could get him killed.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @ericwkillian  Adrian Peterson took a direct hit to the knee.  Field conditions had nothing to do with his injury.

W.k.
W.k.

...and, unlike some of the other running quarterbacks, RGIII throws the ball very, very well.  He can play as a so-called classic drop-back passer, or at least by moving the pocket to make up for ahislack of height--but, as you say, running read-options is going to make his career a very short one.

Rockostl
Rockostl

 @W.k. If RG3 could not run well he would not be in the league.