NFLPA won't demand RG III inquiry

Updated: January 11, 2013, 7:49 PM ET
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The NFLPA will not demand a formal investigation of the Washington Redskins' handling of the knee injury suffered by quarterback Robert Griffin III, as is allowed under the sport's collective bargaining agreement.

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Daniel Shirey/USA TODAY SportsThe NFLPA won't demand a formal investigation into the Redskins' handling of Robert Griffin III, who was hurt in last Sunday's wild-card loss to the Seahawks.

On Tuesday, the NFLPA made an informal inquiry to the Redskins and their medical staff in response to discrepancies in the reports about how the team dealt with Griffin's injury.

"Playing through pain is a harsh reality of our business and our union will always hold the League and the clubs accountable to the best medical care," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with Robert as he recovers from his surgery and we hope he returns to full strength."

Griffin underwent reconstructive surgery Wednesday after re-injuring his right knee in Sunday's NFC wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks. He was playing in his third game since suffering a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in that knee on Dec. 9 against the Baltimore Ravens.

Griffin stayed in Sunday's game against the Seahawks despite appearing to be injured in the first quarter. Coach Mike Shanahan later said that Griffin urged him to leave him in the game, and the coach agreed.

According to reports, the NFLPA also was seeking information going back to Griffin's original injury against the Ravens, when Griffin left the game briefly, then went back in. Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who is on the sidelines for Redskins games, told USA Today that he did not clear Griffin to return to the game, though Shanahan said he got the OK from Andrews.

Andrews later told The Washington Post that there was a "communication problem" between him and Shanahan.

The NFLPA confirmed that Andrews and the Redskins' medical staff provided a report detailing the process of review on the sideline. According to union medical director Dr. Thom Mayer, Andrews and the Redskins' medical staff were "gracious, generous and timely" in supplying the information requested.

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