Various reports emerged last night indicating that the MRI on Robert Griffin III’s injured right knee came back negative, meaning there is no significant damage to any of the ligaments. The team is calling it a “sprain” at this point, but his availability for the Redskins matchup on Sunday vs. Cleveland is very questionable as of right now.
Griffin tweeted a very relieved and positive message yesterday, saying: “Your positive vibes and prayers worked people!!!! To God be the Glory!” This was likely after receiving the news that the MRI was negative.
Griffin suffered the injury on the Redskins final offensive drive of the game. He was scrambling in the open field and took a brutal open-field hit from Haloti Ngata, the monstrous defensive tackle from the Baltimore Ravens. His knee jerked violently in an awkward whiplash-like motion, leading many observers to believe that he could have suffered a very significant injury to his knee ligaments (ie, a torn ACL). It was the same knee which Griffin did suffer a torn ACL within during his college days at Baylor University.
However, Griffin mentioned in his post game comments that the injury did not have a similar feeling to the injury he suffered in college, which alleviated his concerns (along with those of the Redskins faithful).
Mike Shanahan will likely provide a more defined time table for Griffin’s return during his weekly 3:00PM press conference today, but knowing Shanahan’s penchant for not revealing any more than necessary about player injury information, many speculate Shanahan will call Griffin’s time frame return either “day-to-day” or “week-to-week.”
Griffin already vowed that he’d play next week if there was no major damage to his knee. But then again, he also wanted to go back into the game against Baltimore, and was held back by the coaches and medical staff for his own good.
There have already been a few whispers from insiders that Griffin’s (early) status is much closer to “doubtful” for playing against Cleveland on Sunday, and that he’s far more likely to return the following Sunday when the Redskins travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles.
If Griffin can’t play on Sunday against Cleveland, it will be interesting to see who the Redskins start at quarterback. They’ve dressed rookie Kirk Cousins over incumbent Rex Grossman for every regular game this season, with the intentions of providing Cousins as much game day “experience” as possible. Many teams operate this way, in that they dress younger/more inexperienced quarterbacks on game day and allow them to finish games should the starter suffer an injury, but give the more experienced (and game day inactive quarterback) the starting job if he has a week to prepare.
Presumably, the Redskins are operating this way as well, but only time will tell. That is, of course, assuming Griffin cannot play on Sunday. Given the way he’s played this season, nobody should bet against him on anything.
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