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6 Reasons Why Redskins' Mike Shanahan Needed to Pull RGIII from Playoff Game
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When Robert Griffin III's right knee gave out Sunday in Washington's postseason loss to SeattleRedskins fans gasped at the sight of it. Now some are wondering if coach Mike Shanahan mortgaged the franchise's future on a rookie who said he was okay to play.

For the past three weeks, Griffin was given the green light to start, despite a sprained ligament. But Shanahan should have erred on the side of caution, after the team's head doctor said he was "worried sick" about re-injury.

That re-injury occurred Sunday and it caused a domino effect in Griffin's knee.

According to Dr. James Andrews, RG3 suffered "complete tears" of both the lateral collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments and had no choice but to undergo intensive surgery Wednesday to reconstruct the knee.

Now, the kid, the doc and the coach are under the microscope for a breakdown in communication. 

Throughout the following slideshow, we will present six reasons why Coach Shanahan should have pulled RG3 from Sunday's Wild Card playoff defeat.

We'll also provide information about the nature of RG3's injuries, his prognosis and some of Shanahan's most recent comments.

Washington's season is over, but the debate about Griffin rages on. 

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