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Griffin’s knee is sore, but Shanahan declares him “fine”

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Redskins coach Mike Shanahan didn’t get very specific, but he did say quarterback Robert Griffin III was “fine.”

That’s a huge relief, after he got up limping after being driven to the ground by Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton. Doctors checked his left knee (the one that wasn’t rebuilt this offseason), and apparently said nothing to worry the coach.

“In talking to [team doctor] Chris [Annunziata] this morning, . . . the knee is fine,” Shanahan said, via Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com. “A little bit sore right now. That’s about it. . . .

“According to doctors, it’s a little bit sore right now. He’s going to have a little bit more rehab this week, which is typical of a quarterback or any other player who has something hurt. But they feel he’s fine and he’ll be ready to go on Wednesday.”

Griffin downplayed the problem after the game as well.

“I think it just scared me,” Griffin said Sunday. “After I got up and the doc checked me, I was fine and ready to go back in to the game.”

The score was out of hand at that point, so the Redskins elected to let Kirk Cousins finish up, but Griffin should be ready for this week’s game against the Chargers.

Keeping him well continues to be their challenge.

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47 Responses to “Griffin’s knee is sore, but Shanahan declares him “fine””
  1. Go-Hawks! says: Oct 28, 2013 5:22 PM

    I have always hated the nickname “RGknee” but it really seems quite apt.

    And Griffin’s own comments are the most telling. He is “just scared”.

    I hope he can shed his fears and keep getting back to normal. Next week against the Chargers should say a lot more than just who wins and who loses.

  2. seattlecoug says: Oct 28, 2013 5:30 PM

    RGMe will be out of the league in 2 years. The guy is a flat out bum.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Oct 28, 2013 5:34 PM

    The NFL season is a marathon, not a sprint. Perfect attitude by a great headcoach. We shall be fine and win the Superbowl. The course is calm. #HTTR

  4. blkandgld4eva says: Oct 28, 2013 5:37 PM

    Dude is a great athlete but a total drama queen ( logicalvoice does not approve of this message). He laid on the ground acting like he blew out the other knee, when it was clear from the replay nothing happened to it. And after Manning threw another pic he was magically cured and ready to head back into the game. He needs to concentrate on reading defenses and stop trying to prove he’s a pocket passer.

  5. drunkwino says: Oct 28, 2013 5:38 PM

    Shanny is the last human being on earth I trust when it comes to gauging player injuries. I hope RG3 has a good insurance policy on his knees.

  6. jimjets says: Oct 28, 2013 5:42 PM

    as a jets fan, I don’t really care, but is anyone else getting tired of this guy, his knee and shanahan?

  7. footballfan01 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:42 PM

    Luck is better.

  8. woodrree7 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:42 PM

    He’s fine?? just like he was fine at the end of the season last year?? They better not push him like that or they won’t have him at all! this is what happens when you rush back from a major knee injury. AP was the exception to the rule. RG3 is NO AP!

  9. getyourownname says: Oct 28, 2013 5:51 PM

    Same organization whose GM calls the NFCE the “SEC of the NFL,” so who expects objective judgment? (Or, maybe he was thinking of Arkansas and Kentucky.)

  10. 1rockyracoon says: Oct 28, 2013 5:54 PM

    We are watching a coach destroy a young talent. He needs an organization that will enable him to play a long career.

  11. bunjy96 says: Oct 28, 2013 5:54 PM

    seattlecoug says: Oct 28, 2013 5:30 PM

    RGMe will be out of the league in 2 years. The guy is a flat out bum.

    ,,,
    Unfortunately there is another one waiting in the wings to take his place at Texas A&M.

  12. realitycheckbaby says: Oct 28, 2013 5:56 PM

    Wilson is better.

  13. usmutts says: Oct 28, 2013 6:00 PM

    RG3′s brilliant teammate, Brandon Meriweather, is quoted today as saying he’s going to be taking out opponents knees from now on.

    So no one should be heard to complain when opponents start trying to take out RG3′s knees.

  14. getweird4u says: Oct 28, 2013 6:01 PM

    This guy is a whiny Drama filled seriously overrated diva. He is playing scared and it shows. He is a flash in the pan and The best thing that can happen for Redskin fans is to cut ties after that rookie contract expires. Watching him lay there yesterday brought back memories of watching D. Wade get wheeled off in a wheelchair after hurting his shoulder?? Some guys have low pain tolerance I believe PP3 to be one of them. And anyone who thinks PPIII is better than luck or Wilson your crazy.

  15. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 28, 2013 6:04 PM

    An examination showed all the synthetic parts in Roberts knee were still intact.

  16. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 28, 2013 6:08 PM

    The Redskins should take this opportunity to showcase Cousins. Fact is there aren’t nearly enough good QBs to go around, and not all teams will be able to get one of the QBs in this draft.

    I don’t think Manziel will be a NFL QB. Yes, some team will take him just like Denver did Tebow, but he’s not NFL arm talent material. I’m one of the few, it seems, who still really likes Manziel…as long as he’s playing QB in college. Stay all 4 years Johnny, enjoy it, and break every touchdown and yardage record there is.

  17. dirtydrynn27 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:11 PM

    To all the Haters out there,worry about your own teams issues!!!

  18. balzer41 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:13 PM

    Maybe if they would let a real QB start(Cousins) the score wouldn’t get out of hand.

  19. rg3andthensome says: Oct 28, 2013 6:13 PM

    WHY IN THE HE!! DID WE ABANDON THE RUN….And then hurry Peyton onto the field?

    Please dispose of Kyle.

  20. randomguy9999 says: Oct 28, 2013 6:18 PM

    Reality is, scrambler lovers want to have a guy break open a game like in college. Newsflash: getting hit by a Ray Lewis type is on a whole other planet from getting hit by a college Junior or Senior…..

    RG3 should have had the maturity last year to discipline himself into being a franchise QB… franchise guys don’t take contact so they can be there every game.

    Now, midseason, he’s got a seriously at risk right knee and a question mark on the left… and he’s one hit on EITHER knee from being a benchwarmer.

    Luck is going to be in the league as a starter 10 years after RG3 is gone.

  21. vdogg says: Oct 28, 2013 6:25 PM

    Shockingly he was “hurt” right after throwing that pick but popped off the trainers table when he heard they got the ball back. I wish he’d just shut his (enormous) mouth and play ball. I personally don’t think he’s gonna last but that’s just another reason I am the best analyst that ever lived from my couch.

  22. weepingjebus says: Oct 28, 2013 6:29 PM

    (Sung to the tune of Stayin’ Alive)

    Well, you can tell by the way I use my walk,
    I’m a crippled man: no time to talk.
    Subway loud and sandwich warm, I’ve been marketed around since I was born.
    And now it’s all right. it’s ok.
    And you may look the other way.
    We can try to understand
    The washington post effect on man.

    Whether you’re a brother or whether you’re a mother,
    You’re stayin alive, stayin alive.
    Feel the city breakin and everybody shakin,
    And we’re two and five, two and five.
    Ah, ha, ha, ha, two and five, two and five.
    Ah, ha, ha, ha, 2-5…..!

  23. nomoreseasontix says: Oct 28, 2013 6:31 PM

    The guy is always going to be a series of injuries and close calls unless he figures out how to read the field and get rid of the ball.
    It ain’t college anymore.

  24. egeilich says: Oct 28, 2013 6:45 PM

    You remember that last season Shanahan left RGIII in when he should have taken him out for the year. RGIII will never be the same QB that he was at the start of last year and no one told him to slide or get out of bounds —FAST.
    See: Drew Breez(sp) ?

  25. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 28, 2013 7:10 PM

    RGFragile

  26. koolaidsgonebad says: Oct 28, 2013 7:12 PM

    Forget Shanny, forget the team Dr. … I’m going to wait to hear what his dad, RG2 has to say before I make my judgement call on his knee.

  27. teal379 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:18 PM

    Don’t know what really is or isn’t going on with the knee but I will say this – listening to him talk in various interviews, I always get the sense that you’re about 15 seconds away from a Ryan Leaf style blow up/breakdown on the reporter at any time.

    He’s not long for the league.

  28. stealthjunk says: Oct 28, 2013 7:18 PM

    I’m a Broncos fan and as I watched the game on Sunday, I cringed every time RG3 got hit and felt bad for him because I really like him. But it seemed like the Broncos were drilling him on every pass and every run. I was honestly surprised he lasted in the game as long as he did. Hope he gets well soon.

  29. hawkforlife says: Oct 28, 2013 7:39 PM

    Getting hit that many times a game will end his career so he has only one alternative, quit holding the ball 6 and 7 seconds on a five step drop.

    It looks like he won’t throw the ball unless his receiver is looking at him and open by 5 yards.

  30. dstep24 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:40 PM

    These excuses are hilarious. He is playing terrible, good knee or bad. as soon as he got to the sideline, there wasn’t so much as a limp.

  31. snowpyle says: Oct 28, 2013 7:40 PM

    when did the head coach become the team Doc

  32. truthassassin says: Oct 28, 2013 7:44 PM

    Everyone who wants to compare RG3 to Luck and Wilson this season – look at what RG3 did last season when he was 100% healthy. You can’t compare his play this season to their play. They all had completely different off-seasons and Wilson and Luck would not be looking nearly as sharp had they had the injury RG3 had, not to mention time put toward rehab versus expanding the play book, throwing to receivers, etc.

    The book on RG3 is still being written. He was extremely accurate throwing the ball last year and that is not the case this year, and he doesn’t have the WRs that can catch passes that are slightly off… I expected him to have highs and lows, so he’s been looking exactly as I thought, and he’ll probably look this way through most of this season. Will he ever regain the form he had prior to the injury? Only time will tell, and it will definitely take at least another season to know for sure.

  33. teamnorsecore says: Oct 28, 2013 7:50 PM

    Shanahan says he is “fine” just like he did in the playoffs last year. Win at all costs eh Coach?

  34. laserw says: Oct 28, 2013 7:53 PM

    I hope opposing defenses take out this schmuck. He is dragging down the team as he impersonates a QB – he can’t read a defense, can’t avoid a pass rush, throws high, throws low, throws behind, and makes me throw up. He’s a draft bust – his best games are behind him and he can’t lead even a parade.

    Please, defenses, take him out.

  35. peytonsneck18 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:53 PM

    IRG3 the overated

  36. terrytate55 says: Oct 28, 2013 7:57 PM

    I’m a long time Redskins fan so it pains me to say this but after watching yesterday’s game against the Broncos, I’m beginning to wonder if it might be worth considering trading RG3 while he’s still worth something. They’d get a boatload of picks in return and I’m sure Cousins is up to the task when it comes to taking over. I ain’t sayin…I’m just sayin’…

  37. dukeearl says: Oct 28, 2013 8:18 PM

    terrytate55,
    You sure he has trade value?
    Right now he is injured and a big question mark if he’ll ever be the same again.

  38. maninbrown says: Oct 28, 2013 8:21 PM

    His knee is fine, but he’s still a terrible QB!! :D

  39. dstep24 says: Oct 28, 2013 8:22 PM

    truthassassin says:
    Oct 28, 2013 7:44 PM
    Everyone who wants to compare RG3 to Luck and Wilson this season – look at what RG3 did last season when he was 100% healthy. You can’t compare his play this season to their play. They all had completely different off-seasons and Wilson and Luck would not be looking nearly as sharp had they had the injury RG3 had, not to mention time put toward rehab versus expanding the play book, throwing to receivers, etc.

    The book on RG3 is still being written. He was extremely accurate throwing the ball last year and that is not the case this year, and he doesn’t have the WRs that can catch passes that are slightly off… I expected him to have highs and lows, so he’s been looking exactly as I thought, and he’ll probably look this way through most of this season. Will he ever regain the form he had prior to the injury? Only time will tell, and it will definitely take at least another season to know for sure.
    __________

    Okay. Whatever makes you feel better about your bust quarterback. And to say you can’t compare him to the other two quarterbacks is silly. Russell Wilson didn’t get that same injury, because Russell Wilson is smart on the run and knows when to slide. You can’t hold Griffin’s inability to slide and lack of instincts, against Wilson.

    Griffin didn’t have to go through progressions from inside the pocket last year. He often had single read plays that allowed him to tuck the ball and run if his first option was not open. This year, he doesn’t have that luxury, so he is forced to move through progressions. And it’s being revealed that he does not do a good job of that. Wilson and luck do just fine with their progressions, and often find their third or fourth option on a play. If Griffin can ever get his knees back, he could end up being more efficient than he has been this year. However, he is going to have to learn to read defenses better and move through progressions if he wants to be a long-term pocket quarterback in this league.

  40. justintuckrule says: Oct 28, 2013 8:26 PM

    terrytate55 says:
    Oct 28, 2013 7:57 PM
    ..They’d get a boatload of picks in return…
    —————————————–
    If you consider a two and a five a boatload, you’re right.

  41. serkeljerks says: Oct 28, 2013 8:33 PM

    terrytate55 says:
    “……worth considering trading RG3 while he’s still worth something.”

    To whom? “Anybody want a QB with a twice busted knee who can’t throw?” ……………………………….

    The trade for RG3 will go down for bot teams as one of the worst ever…..maybe just below what, lol, Washington got from New Orleans the year NOLA gave away the kitchen for Ricky Williams………….and Washington didn’t do anything with those draft picks. At least the Rams got that linebacker but not much else.

  42. thereyougo2 says: Oct 28, 2013 8:47 PM

    Don’t matter who’s playing QB for Skins that line will get him killed.

    Cousins or Griffitn neither will last unless there playing Philadelphia which has no pass rush.

  43. xofootballer says: Oct 28, 2013 8:49 PM

    But even if they keep him healthy – in his second season, now, what has that got them?
    I mean, he hasn’t exactly been a great QB even when 100% healthy.
    The biggest problem has been the elevated expectations.
    He’s no Andrew Luck.

  44. serkeljerks says: Oct 28, 2013 9:34 PM

    dirtydrynn27 says:
    Oct 28, 2013 6:11 PM
    To all the Haters out there,worry about your own teams issues!!!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Hah! When you live by the RG3…….you go down with the RG3!

    ain’t nothin’ to “HTTR” now…….

  45. tinbender2000 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:06 PM

    And to think everyone was laughing at crazy Al for wasting a third on Pryor. :)

  46. acasar123 says: Oct 28, 2013 10:34 PM

    It never ceases to amaze me how quickly we anoint players and coaches as the next great thing based on a very limited body of work. Right now, the shining examples of this disturbing trend are RGIII and Chip Kelly. Griffin came into the league with mess of hype, a damaged knee and questionable skills for the pro game. Still, after a run of laudable performances which in fact proved nothing, people like that eternal idiot Ron Jaworski looked past his obvious deficiencies and jumped right on the bandwagon, ever more anxious to proclaim that finally an “athletic” quarterback was ready to rule the world! As far as the Chip Kelly “experience” is concerned, well where do I begin? There was a time not long ago when one had to walk the walk for more than 15 minutes before wearing the crown, but I guess those days are long gone!

  47. malvaren18 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:07 AM

    RG3 should take the rest of the season to heal that knee, he has a bright future ahead of him, but first he has to feel better, he really looked bad against the Broncos on Sunday, no point of getting hurt now season is over.

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