On Monday night, Robert Griffin III will perform his usual pregame rituals. He'll listen to the Michael Jackson song ''Thriller.'' He'll take a stroll on the turf, from end zone to end zone.
''I am not very superstitious,'' Griffin said. ''But I do walk around the field one time before every game to kind of mark my territory, saying, `Within these lines, you control what happens.'''
The last time he played, much of that control slipped away. He reinjured his right knee twice and became a diminished version of his record-breaking self. He stayed in the game until the knee gave out for good in the Washington Redskins' home playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in early January.
It was the end of the season, but the story of the knee was just beginning. Shouldn't coach Mike Shanahan have removed Griffin from the game earlier? Shouldn't Dr. James Andrews, standing on the sideline working for the Redskins, have intervened? Or shouldn't Griffin have swallowed his competitive pride and t...