RG3 won't be the only one praying for a full recovery. (Evan Vucci/AP)
Was leaving Griffin in the game Sunday worth it for Mike Shanahan? Is Griffin's career now in jeopardy? Only time will tell, but the what-ifs will be ring true throughout the offseason.
What if Griffin had come out earlier against Seattle? What if he had sat out more than just the Cleveland game during the regular season? Should the Redskins have gone to extremes, like the Washington Nationals did with franchise star Stephen Strasburg?
The fact of the matter is Robert Griffin III left Sunday's game battered and bruised. His exit was the sixth one he's had in 17 games, which is equivalent to 35 percent of the season. And according to ESPN's Trey Wingo, Griffin finished 2012 as the second most hit quarterback in the league (behind Carolina's Cam Newton).
When asked about RG3's future, former head coach Herm Edwards said he'll have a five-year career, if he continues to be "in the line of fire," as Griffin alluded to this week.
Opinions and debate will continue on the subject, but the men who have to live with their decisions are the rookie sensation and his coach, who said he would likely make the same choices a second time, if he had to do it all over again.
If Shanahan has a defense, it was made clear Tuesday in an emotional interview with NFL Network's Andrea Kremer.
He stated emphatically that he "defers to the Redskins' physicians, whom he calls the best doctors in the country," said Kremer. At no point, whether it was Sunday in the playoffs or back on December 9 (against the Ravens), did the doctors give him any indication that Griffin should not play."
Shanahan then added one more thing that's up for interpretation.
"Let me make this very clear," he said to Kremer. "You would have to be a complete idiot to think that I would overule our doctors. That is ludicrous. If someone did that, they should be fired."
Joe Versage is an NFL Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He previously covered the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens as a television beat reporter. Follow him on Twitter at: @JoeVersage
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