The NFLPA will not further investigate the Redskins’ handling of Robert Griffin III’s knee injury after an informal examination into the matter earlier this week.
The NFLPA wanted to make sure the medical side of Griffin’s situation was handled properly, especially with different versions of events dating to Griffin’s original injury.
But the NFLPA said that Dr. James Andrews and the Redskins’ medical staff handled it the right way.
And NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said, “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. Our thoughts are with Robert as he recovers from his surgery and we hope he returns to full strength.”
Griffin underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his right knee, needing his ACL reconstructed, his LCL and medial meniscus repaired. There are rough estimates that he’ll be ready to return in six to eight months. Griffin originally suffered a slight tear of his LCL in a Dec. 9 win over Baltimore. He returned to play in that game only to come back out. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan recalled a conversation with Andrews in which he said Andrews told him Griffin was OK to return. Andrews told USA Toady that wasn’t the case. But Andrews later told the Washington Post that he might have signaled to Shanahan that Griffin was OK.
Griffin re-injured his knee in the first quarter of Sunday’s 24-14 loss to Seattle and was examined on the sidelines. But he never left the game until six minutes, 25 seconds remained when his knee buckled while reaching to his left for an errant snap.
Andrews and the Redskins’ medical staff provided a detailed report, the NFLPA said. The NFLPA said they were “gracious, generous and timely” in giving the information. Dr. Thom Mayer said their report focused on the treatment for Griffin and not whether or not the coaches made the right decision to keep him in the game.