Reporting Chuck Carroll
DENVER (CBSDC) — The biggest concern for the Washington Redskins Sunday isn’t a 45-21 drubbing at the hands of the Denver Broncos. It is the health of Robert Griffin III who exited late in the fourth quarter after taking a hard shot from Terrance Knighton.
Griffin lay on the ground, writhing in pain and grabbing his left knee. The quarterback’s right knee has twice undergone reconstructive surgery for ACL tears.
He was attended to by the training staff on a sideline examination table and was able to hop off under his own power.
The Redskins announced his return as questionable, but Kirk Cousins would quarterback the remainder of the game.
“I think he’s fine,” Mike Shanahan said after the game. “The doctors felt he could have went back in after that first play and decided to keep him out with the way the score was.”
A short time later Griffin echoed the coach’s sentiments.
“The knee feels fine,” he said. “I’m not sure which d-tackle it was — I think it was Knighton — came in and landed all 300-plus pounds of himself on my leg. I think it really just scared me.”
The second-year quarterback said he was ready to go back in the game after being examined by the training staff. He hopped off the training table and wanted to reenter the game, but couldn’t find his helmet.
Cousins wound up taking the field in his place although Griffin, coaches and doctors all agreed he could play. Erring on the side of caution, the final decision was made to keep him out.
“(I) talked with Mike and just the way the game had gone and Kirk was already out there, it was just smart to keep me off the field and just be ready to go next week,” said Griffin.
He completed 15 of 30 passing attempts for 132 yards and a touchdown and was intercepted twice.