After spending a month on a right knee that is hobbled, sprained, and/or torn, depending upon whom you ask, Washington Redskins rookie QB Robert Griffin III will undergo surgery Wednesday morning under the care of the (in)famous Dr. James Andrews.
I say (in)famous because when you bring in the best, you know it’s serious and Dr. Andrews’ name comes up nearly every single week in the NFL. Such is the price of playing in the big dance sometimes.
The exact play(s) and the true extent of the damage aren’t known although Wednesday afternoon should shed light on the latter once Dr. Andrews has finished his work. RG3 could have damage to multiple ligaments in his right knee.
As the news has spread over the past couple of days after watching RG3 struggling on an obviously injured knee in the ‘skins’ playoff loss to Seattle, some serious questions have arisen that Head Coach Mike Shanahan tried to answer while actually giving as little information as possible. It sounded to me like he knew more than he was letting us know, and that sent my radar up on this one.
On the one hand, Shanahan took a team that was horrible last season and with outstanding play and leadership from his rookie quarterback, they won the NFC East. About the only thing most people agreed on before the season started was that Washington would NOT win their division and most had them finishing last.
On the other, with a Cinderella-like season going, I’m sure they both felt the pressure to perform – and that meant having RG3 play quarterback over fellow rookie Kirk Cousins. Griffin started and played the game with a big brace on that knee, prompting speculation and questions about how injured he already was and why he played at all.
Shanahan said all the things you would expect him to say when asked about whether or not RG3 was “playing hurt.” He also said he thought the injury – singular – happened in the fourth quarter when another rookie, Bruce Irvin, hit him.
That’s all just a bit too convenient, however. On December 9th, he was diagnosed with a “sprained” knee and less than a month later he’s having surgery to repair torn ligaments. Could the blow have been the one Shanahan claims? Of course it could. Shanahan just seemed to me to be a bit more guarded than he needed to be when the season is over and there are no more cloak and dagger injury lists to deal with…no strategy to employ for any upcoming games.
It also could be that there’s more to this story than there seems to be, but nobody will know until Dr. Andrews’ work on Griffin is done…and then some.
If you recall, Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson tore his ACL and his MCL in the final game of the regular season in 2011 and all he did this year was fall 9 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s all-time rushing yards in a season record and on fewer carries.
Wednesday we’ll all know what the doctors say. It won’t be until September before we know what RG3 has to say about his knee through his play.