Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III couldn't make it through Sunday's playoff loss to the Seahawks after suffering another injury to his right knee. Griffin appeared to aggravate the right knee, which was originally sprained back in Week 14, near the end of the team's second drive of the game. After being very limited for most of the next two quarters, Griffin fell down and didn't move after trying to recover a bad snap with about six minutes remaining in the fourth. As he tried to get back on the ball, Griffin's right knee buckled and turned awkwardly. After a couple of minutes on the ground, he came off the field under his own power, and Kirk Cousins took over behind center for the rest of the game. Griffin will undergo an MRI on Monday. The Seahawks, after trailing 14-0 in the first quarter, got a 24-14 victory for the right to face Atlanta next week.
The Redskins couldn't be stopped in the first quarter as they effortlessly put up touchdowns in their first two drives. But a couple plays before that second touchdown, Griffin went to the ground and got up with a visible limp. After that second drive, Griffin was a shell of himself and probably shouldn't have been on the field. Between that touchdown and the fumbled snap, the Redskins ran 22 plays and gained a total of 43 yards. Griffin ran a couple of times in the second half and looked like he was out there on one leg.
It's easy to ask now, but why didn't head coach Mike Shanahan go to Cousins earlier when he saw that Griffin was obviously disabled? Considering today's story about how the team went against the advice of Dr. James Andrews when Griffin orginally injured his knee, it's easy to see that Shanahan was willing to risk the frachise player to win. While it doesn't seem like Griffin suffered a major knee injury today, for a second there, while he lay still on the sloppy FedEx Field turf, it sure looked like Shanahan had bet and lost the future of the Redskins.