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Griffin says injury has made him more careful

Robert Griffin III AP

Some players are injury prone.  Some players aren’t necessarily injury prone, but they’re contact prone.  And the challenge for any skill-position player is to find legitimate ways to avoid or at least minimize contact.

Whether it’s running out of bounds or sliding at the right moment or, as Barry Sanders used to do, knowing instinctively when to go down to the turf, the best way to stay healthy is to limit the number of hits that the body absorbs.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III explained on Wednesday that injuring his knee via a hit from Haloti Ngata that looked in real time as if it would destroy it has helped Griffin learn how to play safely.

“The injury has shown me a lot – just from a quarterback perspective,” Griffin told reporters.  “This game is not easy, but [the injury] did show me some things I can do to make the game easier for myself, easier on my body.  Ironically, I’ve done a better job of protecting myself since the injury – sliding, getting down, getting all the possible yards I can and getting out of bounds.  Sometimes, things have to happen like that for you to really, really grasp that.  It’s shown me a lot.  I don’t think I’ve ever rushed for 10 yards a carry in a game and I did that in this past game.”

To work over the long haul, the effort to avoid contact must become second nature.  For Griffin, the sooner that happens the better equipped he’ll be to remain healthy more often than not.

And for now he has a constant reminder to be careful, thanks to the bulky brace that is protecting his right knee.  “Not a lot of people talk about the limp with the brace, but any time you wear a brace like that, it’s to protect you,” Griffin said.  “So, it’s going to cause a natural limp. You’re not going to be able to bend your knee normally. It restricts your flexion and your extension.  It’s just to protect the ligaments in there, so there’ll be a natural limp in there.  At the same time, you can still generate power.”

He’ll generate more if he can shed the brace, something he joked about doing this weekend against the Seahawks.

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36 Responses to “Griffin says injury has made him more careful”
  1. rufusporter says: Jan 2, 2013 7:52 PM

    This will likely be the most physical game RG3 has played in his life so I hope he has learned his lesson. This Seahawks team doesn’t mess around.

  2. defscottyb says: Jan 2, 2013 7:53 PM

    Smart Griff… smart. So glad my Skins have this guy.

  3. joedskins1959 says: Jan 2, 2013 7:55 PM

    GOOD!! We Skins fans want him around along time.

  4. donnymacjack says: Jan 2, 2013 8:05 PM

    Wow…could you somehow ask for a better opening playoff game match-up? Two young, hungry and talented teams led by two young, talented QB’s, with incredible running backs. Should be a game for the ages. Can’t wait!

  5. f00sballfan says: Jan 2, 2013 8:19 PM

    In the land of Fantasy Football, the natives are jumping for joy.

  6. skinsfan91 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:19 PM

    RGIII begins his legend this Sunday. Toppling a top squad with his relentless will to win. Lets go.

  7. cliffordc05 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:24 PM

    The one area where Wilson is clearly superior to Griffin is the ability to avoid hits. It is possible that Griffin is so blessed athletically that he has never had to worry about injury (because he is so damn fast). I hope he has learned to protect himself because it would be great to have him around for another twelve years in one piece.

    Michael Vick has never learned to overcome his competitiveness and has taken far too many hits during his career and they have had an impact upon his ability to play the position.

  8. randomguy9999 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:26 PM

    RG3’s only real weakness has been his ego thinking he was going to be able to magically avoid getting IR’d in the NFL if he continues to take all that contact….

    if he’s for real with this statement… he has the potential to be a real franchise HOF guy

  9. totallydisgusted says: Jan 2, 2013 8:28 PM

    I think he’ll be running a more conventional offense within the next 4 years. He’ll still do a lot off pistol and shotgun but they ‘ll try to protect him more

  10. landoverleap says: Jan 2, 2013 8:31 PM

    Cant wait for this guy to show up the seahawks. I love RW but his fans have made this more about the quarterbacks than the game.

    If you said 8 weeks ago, the Redskins will win 7 in a row and win the NFC east; sweeping the cowboys in the process, one would say that is impossible. The impossible has happened. Its a new era in DC. We can do this all the way. Hail.

  11. oreo51 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:35 PM

    Cam Chancellor is going to lay a Vernon Davis like hit on him if he takes off running.

  12. jckid21 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:38 PM

    there is a reason Seattle if favored on the road against the skins…..Pete Carroll has been successfully defended the spread for a while. People forget that his USC teams except for his last year use to hold Oregon to 20 points regularly. Its also why the 49ers average 13 points against his D this year. It will be a good test for RG3 and the spread option.

  13. walter0247 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:46 PM

    As a Redskins fan i’m not tooo worried. I mean the ‘Hawks ARE 28th in the league in run D. With the play action Washington’s offense matches up to Seattle’s D’ very well.

  14. landoverleap says: Jan 2, 2013 8:48 PM

    @ jckid – the redskins dont run a tradional spread, its a hybrid play action/ pistol. Huge difference.

  15. stunzeed2 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:48 PM

    This fella’ is a breath of fresh air for the NFL; he’s taken rookie accountability and professionalism to a whole new level.

    That’s what happens when you are raised with the right combination of discipline, morals, and ethics by Army SNCO’s who combined spend 50+ years defending our country.

  16. johnnyballsack says: Jan 2, 2013 8:49 PM

    I think the Redskin fans are being a little over dramatic about the game this week. I have heard “epic”, “first round game of century”, “game for the ages”, “best first round match up ever”, etc…

    I can understand and respect the enthusiasm, it is something that has been missing in DC for a long time. But just because your team is playing in a playoff game does not make it the best game ever. I am sure if they were playing any other team we would be hearing the same thing.

    If you look at the “key” players (Lynch vs. Morris, Wilson vs Griffin) it seems the teams are similar and evenly matched. As a fan of neither team I see it differently. I see a Seattle Defense/Secondary that has been stellar all season vs a QB that threw for 100 yards against the Cowboys, 91 against the Falcons and averaged a paltry 200 yds/game. I see a Beast RB in Lynch that the Skins will not be able to contain. I can see Seattle stacking the box to defend against Morris /Griffin running the ball and trusting their secondary to get the job done against mediocre Washington WR’s. The Skins secondary is too weak to stack the box to contain Lynch, and if they try they will get killed on one v one coverage. If they drop into nickel or dime they will get killed on the run. The differences in the defenses make this game a mismatch. I also see the Seahawks as much more disciplined and better coached. (I can hear the boo birds now, but I think it is true- the Hawks would die in a foxhole for Carroll, the Skins wouldn’t break Shanahan out of a tanning bed that caught fire. Carroll is a players coach, Shanahan is in it for himself and to sooth his ego).

    I am predicting a very ugly game- something in the neighborhood of Seattle 38- Skins 17. It could be even uglier.

    I can see Seattle in the Super Bowl against the Patriots (or Broncos).

  17. raideralex99 says: Jan 2, 2013 8:52 PM

    It’s nice to see the NFL did not schedule a west coast team playing an early start … should be a great game.

  18. chawk12thman says: Jan 2, 2013 8:55 PM

    walter0247 says:
    Jan 2, 2013 8:46 PM
    As a Redskins fan i’m not tooo worried. I mean the ‘Hawks ARE 28th in the league in run D. With the play action Washington’s offense matches up to Seattle’s D’ very well.

    =====================

    Good thing rushing yards are not used to determine winners’. It is the points allowed that count. Give you one guess where the Hawks rank in that category?

  19. rev279 says: Jan 2, 2013 9:52 PM

    Not to burst a bubble with facts. But the hawks are 10th in run D, the cardinals are 28th.

  20. duncanthecat says: Jan 2, 2013 10:44 PM

    To the contrary The redskin’s have the ability to exploit the Seahawk LB’s who are fast but relatively small. By the time night falls and the wheather falls into the 20’s and in front of 90k fans, it may well be The Seahawks who are realing.

    They are a very young team that has not played particularly well on the road. This game will be against a team that does not not fear them. Very different to putting up 50 on Arizona and Buffalo or pounding the Niners on an off night.

    If the Seahawks are note able to impose their will quickly, we will see Washington take control of the game as the conditions set in.

  21. bobonmycob says: Jan 2, 2013 11:14 PM

    This game is going to be great. The Redskins seeing a ray of light shining through the basement door. They slowly and cautiously head toward the light and open the door…. “OMG it’s relevancy! It’s been so long!”. Then a giant seahawk swoops down and drops a massive nugget the size John Maddens head on the skins and knocks them back down toward the door. The eagles look up at them and say “welcome back… we kept the nest warm for ya.” – summary of the redskins season/post-season

  22. turbolove says: Jan 2, 2013 11:55 PM

    28th in rush defense?…not sure where you pulled that from but they have the 10th best rush D and 6th in pass D by yards. Best in the league for points allowed…advantage Seahawks.

  23. redskinfansince82 says: Jan 3, 2013 1:03 AM

    I think the danger of injury while running is overblown. Look at our last two opposing QB’s Romo (Broken Rib) and Nick Foles (Broken Finger) aren’t they pocket passers? Hell look at all the IR’d QB’s for the Terps football program 4 in total got hurt for the season. All pocket passers!!! RGIII do your thang and lets go get this Conference Title! HTTR!!!!

  24. stoutfiles says: Jan 3, 2013 1:04 AM

    Seattle is pretty confident considering their record on the road this year is below average and their franchise playoff road record is just 1 win and many losses.

    Seahawks may be unbeatable at home but they’ll be away the whole time. Good luck with that.

  25. redskinfansince82 says: Jan 3, 2013 1:28 AM

    If I recall the Seahawks have zero Lombardi Trophies in there facility. Now they draw the hottest team in the league with 7 straight wins.

    If you want to talk stats lets talk about tissue sales in the great North West region after Sunday’s meeting with BobGIII and the Butler. Just remember to cry like a man….. out of site in the locker room.

  26. pftsovietstylecensorship says: Jan 3, 2013 1:30 AM

    As an Eagles fan, it hurts to know that the Skins are going to win Super Bowls with this guy. As great as his physical skills are, his intangibles might be even better. He is absolutely the real deal.

  27. pjamdragon says: Jan 3, 2013 1:49 AM

    RGIII should work with the Nats sliding coach this offseason b/c when he slides his leg is still popping up into the air (ala the Ngata hit). His slide late in the DAL game, his leg popped up into the air, making it vulnerable to another hit.

    Just an observation…

  28. NFL Betting Canada says: Jan 3, 2013 2:03 AM

    Agreed 100% the Seahawks went 3-5 on the road this year with a game in Toronto. They basically only won two away games. Without the 12th man they are toast. Washington goes into a home playoff game with seven wins in a row, a better run offense, a better run defense, and RGIII. Gonna be a win.

  29. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 3, 2013 6:29 AM

    Seahawks are a very good team, no doubt…But I’d like to remind you all that last year Rex Grossman threw into the end zone and Anthony Armstrong took the ball over the head of Brandon Browner, the big corner, in the end zone. The Redskins won, in Seattle. Don’t tell me the Redskins are going to get creamed.

    The Redskins are beatable, but let’s not pretend the Redskins have no shot, there, Seattle fans. Just settle down and see what happens on Sunday.

  30. cowboyhater says: Jan 3, 2013 8:06 AM

    Let’s see…. you have 2 record breaking rookie QB’s leading their teams to the playoffs. The skins haven’t been division title winners since 1999. The winner of this game will win the ROY. Hawk fans coming out of the woodwork talking stuff about this “Legion of boom” defense, and how the skins have not faced anything like this defense this year (already played 3 top 10 defenses this year)….yeah I would call this epic johnnyballsack…. Good luck to your hawks, and to all the hawk fans…. keep thinking that your defense is going to be the only defense on that field Sunday. You may want to look at the skins defensive stats over the last 10 weeks, and where they rank. By the way our run defense is in the top 5 this year, and we shut down the top back in the NFL this year. I would be surprised by a blow out, and this should be a good one to watch. HTTR!!

  31. rtant2013 says: Jan 3, 2013 9:00 AM

    I’m curious as to why the Seahawk fans are so confident, you realize your whole offense is Lynch right? Without Lynch, you wouldn’t have even made the playoffs. Redskins D is stout against the run, ask AD, so don’t get your hopes to high Hawk fans. When Russell walks into Fedex field and hears 90 k screaming Redskins fan and its about 20-30 degrees, he’s going to do exactly what Romo did last Sunday, choke!!

  32. northbynw27 says: Jan 3, 2013 9:11 AM

    Why are hawks fans so confident? A 7-1 record over the last half of the season, a defense that gave up the fewest points in the league, a running back that fights like you insulted his mother, a rooking QB who’s QBR is #1 over the last 8 games, and a defensive coordinator that has won chess matches against Kaepernick and Cam Newtown. Why are we so confident? Why shouldn’t we be?

    Our franchise playoff record means nothing come Sunday. Let’s play this one out, gonna be a hell of a game.

  33. londonfletcher59 says: Jan 3, 2013 2:01 PM

    @bobonmycob

    Yeah, Washington at 10-6 and Philly at 4-12 with a losing streak as long as our winning streak.

    They’re such similiar teams, aren’t they?

  34. jwreck says: Jan 3, 2013 2:06 PM

    northbynw27 says: Jan 3, 2013 9:11 AM

    Why are hawks fans so confident? A 7-1 record over the last half of the season, a defense that gave up the fewest points in the league, a running back that fights like you insulted his mother, a rooking QB who’s QBR is #1 over the last 8 games, and a defensive coordinator that has won chess matches against Kaepernick and Cam Newtown. Why are we so confident? Why shouldn’t we be?

    Our franchise playoff record means nothing come Sunday. Let’s play this one out, gonna be a hell of a game.
    _______________
    Obviously Seattle fans have every right to be confident, as do Washington fans (DC was not favored in a single one of their seven consecutive wins). The only thing that neither side should be confident of is a blowout. As you said, whoever wins, this is going to be a hell of a game.

    With two of the most high octane offense in the country, two stellar run games, a great Seattle defense and an improving Washington D, this one should be a nail-biter for both sides down to the last minute.

  35. jwreck says: Jan 3, 2013 2:09 PM

    johnnymynameseemstogetcommentsremoved,justnotmyown says:
    Jan 2, 2013 8:49 PM

    I think the Redskin fans are being a little over dramatic about the game this week. I have heard “epic”, “first round game of century”, “game for the ages”, “best first round match up ever”, etc…

    I can understand and respect the enthusiasm, it is something that has been missing in DC for a long time. But just because your team is playing in a playoff game does not make it the best game ever. I am sure if they were playing any other team we would be hearing the same thing.

    I am predicting a very ugly game- something in the neighborhood of Seattle 38- Skins 17. It could be even uglier.
    ____________________
    First off, what’s wrong with calling a game “epic”, or a “great game”? It’s two of the best scoring teams in the league; starting the two best rookie quarterbacks in the league; supported by the two of best running games in the league. One team is on a 7-0 streak, the other is on a 6-1 streak, but has been the hottest scoring team in the league over the last month. From any angle, Seattle or DC, that is a great game.

    As for scoring predictions, 38-17? DC has not scored fewer than twenty points this season, and, despite a horrendous secondary, has allowed more than thirty points only twice (32 & 31), both times in shootout-style games ending in blowout Washington wins.

    The point is, no matter how you slice it, and no matter how much johnny dislikes the Redskins, this is going to be a very close, very intense game, and a huge win for whichever team comes away with it.

  36. bobonmycob says: Jan 3, 2013 7:21 PM

    @bobonmycob

    Yeah, Washington at 10-6 and Philly at 4-12 with a losing streak as long as our winning streak.

    They’re such similiar teams, aren’t they?

    yes, they are. Both will be watching the super bowl on the couch at home.

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