After incurring a loss in the wild-card round of the playoffs, the Washington Redskins also received some very disturbing news today. According to reports, Robert Griffin III may have suffered a partially torn ACL and LCL in his right knee.
This is the type of news that the Redskins have been receiving the entire season. They have dealt with an abundance of injuries, and this is just another one to add to the laundry list. Griffin will be getting a second opinion to ensure that the MRI wasn’t showing any previous injuries to the knee (tore his ACL in college).
Sunday proved that the Seattle Seahawks were by far the healthier team. They did lose their DE Chris Clemons for the season Sunday, as he tore his ACL, but they went into the game in top-notch shape. The Redskins, on the other hand, just couldn’t continue to survive with their injured roster.
We all know about OLB Brian Orakpo and DE Adam Carriker being sidelined for the season during week two. They were two vital pieces to the Redskins defense, which struggled all year. Safety Brandon Meriweather also missed the majority of the season. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon not only missed six games, but couldn’t finish the game Sunday as he re-injured his foot. Offensive guard Kory Lichtensteiger injured his ankle last week against the Dallas Cowboys, he attempted to play versus the Seahawks, but that didn’t work out too well.
There was just no way for the Redskins to continue their way through the playoffs with all of these injuries. At some point we knew it would catch up with them, and Sunday it did. The defense took the hardest hit this season, and I expect the Redskins to be a tougher out in 2013 if they’re able to get everyone back healthy.
The biggest question mark will be the status of Griffin. I’m sure all Redskins’ coaches, players and fans will have their fingers crossed for the next 24 hours.
Redskins columnist/Josiah Turner