Originally written January 06, 2013 on Sports-Glory:
During the Washington Redskins 31-28 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9, quarterback Robert Griffin III injured his knee in the fourth quarter, he left the game for one play then returned to the field before being replaced by Kirk Cousins. Head coach Mike Shanahan said the decision to put Griffin back in the game was made after he was cleared by Dr. James Andrews, a renowned orthopedic surgeon, who was on the sideline.   However, Andrews told Robert Klemko of USA Today Sports that he never cleared Griffin, because "He didn't even let us look at him." "He came off the field, walked through the sidelines, circled back through the players, and took off back to the field. It wasn't our opinion," said Andrews. "We didn't even get to touch him or talk to him. Scared the hell out of me." When Shanahan was asked by reporters to describe the conversation he had with Andrews, he told them: "He's on the sidelines with Dr. Andrews. He had a chance to look at him and he said he could go back in," Shanahan said Dec. 10. "(I said) 'Hey, Dr. Andrews, can Robert go back in?' 'Yeah, he can go back in.' 'Robert, go back in.' "That was it," Shanahan said. Andrews, who says that conversation never happened, has been worried sick about Griffin's health. "I'm the one that shut him down that day, finally," Andrews said. "I've been a nervous wreck letting him come back as quick as he has. He's doing a lot better this week, but he's still recovering and I'm holding my breath because of it. "He passed all the tests and all the functional things we do, but it's been a trying moment for me, to be honest with you." Earlier in the season the Redskins were fined $20,000 for telling the media Griffin was "shaken up" when he suffered a concussion against the Falcons. If the story is true, Shanahan is taking a big risk and a major disservice to the Redskins and their rookie quarterback in terms of long-term health.
  • If this is true about Mike Shanahan,and after his decision not to remove RGIII in todays game.He should be fired.Its his job to protect the players not put them in harms way because he thinks its the best chance of winning.
  • In my opinion, nobody is the blame in that game. I believe RG3 wanted to win for his fans and teamates, but it wasn't happening. Morris could not do as well as he did last week, so I'm convinced that it wasn't meant to be this year. Don't blame the coach or doctors, it was RG's decision to play, and it didn't work out. I hope RG3 can rest and get well...We still love RG3 and the Redskins.
  • I am a Redskins fan so I am aware of what is going on with RG3. First and foremost as good as RG3 is he not total honest with his ability to perform when hurt. He is either competitive to a fault or he is concerned about a very good back up QB in Kirk Cousins. Probably both are true. By this time Shanahan should know not rely on RG3 to make a decision about he health. He not only hurt the Redskins chances from advancing to the playoffs but it was so obvious that RG3 couldn't run, pass or for that matter even go through his progressions that why would a coach let him continue to play. I was screaming to take him out after that lame run he made in the second quarter. A real coach doesn't think about one player but thinks about the greater good of the team. I blame Shanahan and RG3 for the loss.

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