WASHINGTON – As horrific as Robert Griffin III’s injury may have looked when slowed by the magic of instant replay, Coach Mike Shanahan has not ruled his quarterback out for Sunday’s game against Cleveland.

Shanahan held a press conference Monday to announce the results of an MRI performed on Griffin following a gruesome hit he took in the Skins’ 31-28 Overtime victory over the Ravens Sunday.

He quelled Redskins fans’ biggest of fears by confirming the injury was not a tear of any kind – ACL or MCL – ruling out any imminent season-ending surgeries.

Shanahan told the media corps he even expected his superstar quarterback’s knee injury to be worse after watching the replays.

After mistakenly labeling the injury a ‘sprained ACL’, Shanahan corrected the diagnosis as a ‘sprained LCL’ injury.

He hasn’t made up his mind whether Griffin will be healthy enough to practice this week, citing he’ll see how Griffin feels on Wednesday, but said he is “definitely not ruled out for Cleveland” – Sunday – a 1 p.m. game in Cleveland.

Shanahan spoke of the decision to run on the injury-sustaining play:

“You’ve got the final drive of the 4th quarter. He was trying to make a play. It was like a playoff game to us.”

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