Rumor: Robert Griffin III has a torn ACL and MCL, out 9-12 months
After leading the Washington Redskins to three straight wins, during week 14, the Redskins faced their cross-town rivals the Baltimore Ravens. During the game, quarterback Robert Griffin III took a hard hit to his knee and had to leave the game. Griffin III missed the team’s week 15 win over the Cleveland Browns before playing in their final two games against the Eagles and Cowboys. However, Robert Griffin III did not look the same and was noticeably hobbled by his injured knee.
Still, as the Redskins won their last seven games, they won the NFC East and made the playoffs as the number four seed.
On Sunday, Washington took on Seattle in their first home playoff game since 1999.
During the early part of the game, Griffin III was slowed by his knee and was seen limping on and off of the field.
With 6:20 left in the fourth quarter, while in shotgun, as Griffin III tried to field a bad snap, his knee gave out and he fell to ground. Griffin III was in enough pain that he did not even try to recover the fumble but walked off of the field.
The Redskins went on to lose the game 24-14 as Robert Griffin III never re-entered the game.
Today, news out of Washington is extremely bad on the condition of Robert Griffin III.
ESPN 980 is reporting that Griffin III has a torn ACL and MCL and will miss nine to twelve months.
@espnradio980 spoke w/ESPN Ortho specialist Dr. Kaplan. His opinion, looking at photos, RG3 has torn ACL/MCL & would start ’13 on PUP list.
— ESPN 980 (@ESPNRadio980) January 7, 2013
Head coach Mike Shanahan refused to comment on the injury as the team wants to run a few more tests with team doctor James Andrews before making an official announcement.
For now, it looks bad for Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.
This is extremely disappointing news for the Redskins and their fans. Griffin III and fellow rookie Alfred Morris led the team to the playoffs. Under rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins, the team’s offense did not look nearly as explosive as under Griffin III.
Unless Griffin III pulls an Adrian Peterson and recovers quicker than anyone thinks is possible, the Redskins will be without their star quarterback for the 2013 NFL season.
Now, even more people will question Shanahan’s decision to put Griffin III into the game, despite his obvious signs of a bad knee.