Sunday, December 9, 2012
Redskins' Griffin upbeat following injury
By Ashley Fox
LANDOVER, Md. -- Robert Griffin III was upbeat after suffering an injury to his right knee late in the fourth quarter of the Washington Redskins’ 31-28 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday afternoon. Griffin had X-rays taken of his knee and was scheduled to have an MRI later Sunday night. If he knew the results of the X-rays, Griffin did not say, but he hinted that there was nothing structurally wrong with the knee, saying, “I know what an ACL feels like. It doesn’t feel like an ACL.”
Griffin was hit by Baltimore defensive tackle Haloti Ngata after a 13-yard scramble with less than two minutes remaining in regulation and Washington trailing 28-20. Griffin came out for one play, then returned and completed a 15-yard pass to Santana Moss and a 22-yard pass to Pierre Garcon. He stayed in for one more play before deciding that he could no longer help Washington and might do more damage to his knee.
“At some point you have to do what’s right for the team,” Griffin said. “If I would have played the rest of that game, I probably would have hurt myself even more, so you’ve just got to trust those guys and trust yourself when you know enough is enough. When I first came out, I didn’t think enough was enough. But after being out there a few plays and realizing I really couldn’t do too much, I had to get out.”
Rookie backup Kirk Cousins came in and threw a touchdown pass to Garcon and then executed a quarterback draw on the two-point conversion to tie the game and force overtime. After a 64-yard punt return by rookie cornerback Richard Crawford, Kai Forbath kicked a 34-yard field goal to win the game.
Griffin looked gimpy after the game, struggling to get dressed and using his locker to help pull himself out of a chair. But he was upbeat and cracked a couple of jokes at the postgame news conference, and he promised that, barring significant damage, he will play next Sunday when Washington travels to Cleveland.
“I still will be able to run if it’s just a really bad bruise,” Griffin said. “If it’s anything else, like I told coach, I’ll fight through it and I’ll be playing next week.”