RG3 Injury Update: Latest on Redskins Star's Knee and Reaction from Around NFL

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 8, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins walks off of the field injured in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III set the bar sky high for rookie quarterbacks in the NFL this season. 

But few are talking about how RG3 led the Washington Redskins to a 10-6 season and the franchise's first NFC East title since 1999. Instead, the talk has been centered around his scary knee injury and head coach Mike Shanahan's controversial decision to leave his wounded signal-caller in Sunday's home playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

According to The Washington Post, a recent MRI reveals Griffin suffered partial tears of two ligaments, the ACL and LCL. But the injury is still a bit cloudy considering that he had suffered an ACL injury in 2009 while he was at Baylor.

Shanahan had the following to say about RG3's MRI (via The Washington Post):

Any time you do have a former ACL injury, or an LCL, and you look at this MRI, sometimes it’s old injuries. That’s why he’s going to fly down there to see Dr. Andrews, get some new MRIs, get a physical examination.

CBS Sports' NFL insider Jason La Canfora didn't like what he heard from Shanahan's comments:

Judging from Shanahan's remarks, RGIII injury situation can't be good. 2nd opinions. Flying to Andrews. References to AP and RG3's '09 ACL

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 7, 2013

Shanahan has taken a lot of flak for his decision to go with the banged-up former Heisman Trophy winner, but Griffin has defended the Redskins' choice at quarterback since the loss with some meaningful tweets:

Many may question, criticize & think they have all the right answers. But few have been in the line of fire in battle.

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 7, 2013

When adversity strikes you respond in one of two ways....You step aside and give in..Or you step up and fight.

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 7, 2013

The NFL Network's Rich Eisen made a solid point in defense of RG3, Shanahan and the Redskins on Monday: 

I honestly don't understand the criticism of @rgiii. If Favre had done this, we'd (mostly) be lionizing him for his heart, guts, fortitude

— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 7, 2013

As far as the near future is concerned, Shanahan told The Washington Post that he was uncertain whether RG3 would play in this January's Pro Bowl, but ESPN's J.A. Adande already has the answer:

"Shanahan said it was unclear whether Griffin would play in the Pro Bowl". OK let's make it clear: NOOOO! wapo.st/VGEuib

— J.A. Adande (@jadande) January 7, 2013

It didn't take long for people to find a reason for RG3's injury. Many fans took shots at the turf conditions at FedEx Field on Sunday afternoon, and according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport on Monday, the Seahawks have put in a complaint to the league following the injuries dealt to RG3 and Seattle defensive lineman Chris Clemons, who was lost for the rest of the playoffs to a torn ACL and torn meniscus:

The #Seahawks have now lodged a complaint to @nfl about the #FedEx field that injured @rgiii and Chris Clemons' ACL

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 7, 2013

Regardless of what or who's to blame for RG3's injured knee, it's time to look towards the future, and most like Jason Pierre-Paul of the rival New York Giants are wishing RG3 a speedy recovery:

Hope RG3 hope he gets better and it's good news to any NFL player that's out there hurt right now.

— Jason Pierre-Paul (@WHOISJPP) January 8, 2013

It remains unknown how much time RG3 will require in order to get back to 100 percent, but most believe he should be full strength by the time the 2013 season rolls around.


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