Redskins Postgame Reaction: RGIII Injury, Cousins’ Touchdown, Forbath Clutch
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LANDOVER, MD (CBSDC)-The Redskins make a fourth quarter comeback and defeat the Baltimore Ravens 31-28 for their fourth win in a row, but the only thing anyone can talk about is the health of Robert Griffin III who left late in the fourth quarter with what they’re currently calling a “sprained right knee”.
“I am not a doctor, but I know what ACL [tear] feels like and it doesn’t feel like ACL, so hopefully we can have some positive things that come out of the MRI,” Robert Griffin III said. “We took an X-ray and it was a very good X-ray. I feel like the positive vibes coming my way and hopefully everything will be alright.”
Griffin III tore his right ACL in 2009.
“I was trying to make a play,” Griffin III said on how the injury occurred. “I got outside and turned inside and once I turned inside I said ‘Oh lord, here we go,’ and got down. I protected myself in that regard. It was just a freak play. My leg got hit while I was going down and after I was already down, my leg got hit again. It was a pretty painful experience, but I will be alright.”
Robert Griffin III was 15/26 with 246 yards and one touchdown through the air, while running for 34 yards on seven carries before he was knocked out of the game.
“It’s sore right now,” Head Coach Mike Shanahan said on his injury. “He wanted to go back in the game, which is a good sign. That was positive, but I won’t know until we have an MRI.”
Griffin III left straight from FedEx Field to get an MRI Sunday night.
The results of the test show Griffin did not suffer major ligament damage. He is diagnosed with a right knee sprain.
Kirk Cousins came in for Griffin III and went 2/2 for 26 yards including throwing for a touchdown and running for the game tying two-point conversion.
“You always want your second team quarterback prepared – just like it’s your first team quarterback,” Shanahan said on Cousins. “He’s done that since he’s been here. It’s really tough on that second and third team quarterback to not get very many reps, but you expect them to go in a game situation and play as a starter. His preparation has been great throughout the whole year. He’s on top of everything. He went in there and didn’t miss a beat, so I was pleased with the way he played.”
Pierre Garçon caught the touchdown pass from Cousins and he describes how it came together.
“It just happened. We practiced the play a lot but Kirk really never had practiced that particular play but Kirk is always on his job. He’s always studying. He’s always preparing well as if he can come in at any time. It just played out well for us today.”
Alfred Morris had 122 yards on 23 carries, including a touchdown and a fumble and was very happy with the way they finished.
“It’s huge to come back and do that, especially against a team that’s known for their defense. It was a great job. We never got down and we still had faith. We were fighting for each other, fighting to keep our hopes alive, and fighting to be in the playoffs. Just taking it one game at a time and against all odds, we came out there and we got it done as a team.”
The Redskins scored eleven unanswered in the final 3:52 of the game including overtime after the Ravens took an eight point lead with 4:47 remaining in the fourth.
“At one point it looked like we were going to lose,” Trent Williams said. “That’s just the NFL. You’ve just got to stay diligent.”
Listen here to what Mike Shanahan, Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins, Santana Moss, London Fletcher, Trent Williams, Alfred Morris, Richard Crawford, Kai Forbath, DeAngelo Hall, Chris Chester, Lorenzo Alexander, Darrel Young & Leonard Hankerson had to say following the win.
Mike Shanahan Postgame Audio
Robert Griffin III Postgame Audio
Kirk Cousins Postgame Audio
Santana Moss Postgame Audio
London Fletcher Postgame Audio
Trent Williams Postgame Audio
Alfred Morris Postgame Audio
Richard Crawford Postgame Audio
Kai Forbath Postgame Audio
DeAngelo Hall Postgame Audio
Chris Chester Postgame Audio
Lorenzo Alexander Postgame Audio
Darrel Young Postgame Audio
Leonard Hankerson Postgame Audio