RGIII to See Dr. Andrews for Further Testing on Knee
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said Robert Griffin III will see Dr. James Andrews to assess the severity of the knee injury he suffered in the team’s 24-14 playoff loss to the Seahawks Sunday.
“He’s going to have some more tests and a physical exam,” Shanahan told reporters Monday.
Griffin’s knee buckled under him while attempting to throw a pass in the first quarter of the NFC Wild Card game just plays before cementing a 14-0 Redskins lead.
He collapsed again in the fourth quarter while reaching down for an errant snap, when he fell face first into the turf as the ball lay untouched for the Seahawks to recover. Minutes later Seattle would kick a field goal to extend their lead to 10 and put the game out of reach for the Redskins.
Griffin did not return to the game.
Shanahan would not speculate on a possible ACL tear or whether Griffin just exacerbated the LCL injury he sustained in Week 14 against the Ravens, but says he and Dan Snyder are crossing their fingers.
Griffin will fly down (presumably to Dr. Andrews’ main medical facility in Birmingham, AL) Tuesday morning, where the specialist will take a closer look at the star quarterback’s beleaguered knee.
Shanahan – who’s already fallen under heavy criticism for leaving Griffin in the game too long – denied claims that he sacrificed his quarterback’s future to put the Redskins in a better position to win the game.
“Robert’s our franchise quarterback,” he said. “I’m not going to take a chance on his career to win a game.”