Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III knows what an ACL tear feels like. That’s why he’s optimistic after leaving Sunday’s 31-28 overtime win over Baltimore with a sprained knee.
“This doesn’t feel like an ACL,” Griffin said. “[Doctors] told me it felt like my ligaments all feel good.”
An MRI on Sunday night revealed no torn ligament, but he does have a sprained knee. A Redskins spokesman said coach Mike Shanahan will address his situation further on Monday. There’s still no word on if Griffin will miss any time.
He was hurt in the fourth quarter at the end of a 13-yard scramble when Ravens lineman Haloti Ngata tackled him and hit his knee. Griffin came out for one play, then returned to throw a 15-yard pass to Santana Moss, an incompletion and then a 22-yarder to Pierre Garcon. After another incompletion, Griffin left the game and watched backup Kirk Cousins toss a touchdown pass and tie the game on a two-point conversion quarterback draw.
“He wanted to go back in the game, which is a good sign,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “I could see he was hurting the second time he came out. You could see his face. I did talk to the doctor and they felt it was in his best interest not to come back in, but he wanted to.”
Of the injury, Griffin said, “My leg got hit as I was going down. It was a pretty painful experience, but prayerfully I’ll be all right. When I came out I told [trainer Larry Hess] that I was going back in. They looked at me for a second and I wanted to let them know I wanted to go back in and I did for a few plays. I needed to get out at that point. I couldn’t move. At some point you have to do what’s right for the team. If I played the rest of the game I would have hurt myself even more.”