Robert Griffin III: Injuries Happen in the NFL

By Andrew Fisher
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It’s been a while since I’ve seen a topic stir up the sports world like Robert Griffin III‘s injury situation. Not only was there controversy heading into Sunday’s Wild Card game, but a heavy dose of gasoline was thrown on the fire with the star quarterback’s knee injury in the fourth quarter.

This knee injury is a terrible thing for everyone involved: RG3, the Washington Redskins, the NFL, the list goes on and on. RG3 not playing football is a bad thing on many levels. However, I think this whole thing is getting blown out of proportion.

Obviously, a situation involving a player of this magnitude in the national spotlight is going draw some attention. When it’s RG3, it’s going to a huge story.

People are outraged at his head coach Mike Shanahan, and deservedly so. Shanahan deserves some of the blame for what transpired Sunday, and because he’s the head coach, he will take most of it. But blame also has to fall on the Redskins’ medical staff as well because no one stopped him from going back in the game, and of course RG3 himself can’t be held responsible because players are always going to think they can play.

So now we have the possible reality of Griffin III missing some extended time heading into next season. There are too many uncertainties about his injury to know how much time exactly at this point, though. It definitely sounds like at least partial tears in his ACL and LCL, so it’s going to be a long road to recovery, but he’ll be back.

I just think that people are overreacting to an injury that happens all the time. Yes, it’s different here with RG3 in a playoff game, but players tear knee ligaments all the time. The game of football is a dangerous sport and these are the injuries that can happen.

Of course people will argue that teams need to protect their players and remove them from risky situations like RG3’s, but I don’t think that’s the main point. People play football to compete and to win. That’s all Shanahan and RG3 were trying to do Sunday. At the time, they were trying to compete and win to the best of their ability. Did it come back to bite them this time? It sure did. But that’s the risk people take.

RG3 was out there because he wanted to be and that’s all that matters to me. He threw caution to the wind, he took a gamble and he lost. But all he lost is a round in his career. RG3 is a rookie and he will be back with plenty more chances.

People need to realize that injuries happen in the NFL. Don’t fault a coach for wanting to win and don’t make more of this than what it really is. RG3 might lose a year of his career and Shanahan might lose his job, but who knows?

The problem I have is that people are making this more about the injury than the game itself. We all know that you play to win the game, and that’s what the Redskins tried to do.

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