We are now 10 days removed from the Washington Redskins‘ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. It’s been eight days since Robert Griffin III was determined to have a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL), and seven days since the surgery.
Since the moment Griffin went out of the game against the Seahawks, there has been constant questioning as to who is responsible for this incident. Of course fans came down on Mike Shanahan the hardest, who I never believed deserved the blame. Accusing Shanahan of being in the wrong is the easy route out, but while in the heat of the moment the coach is going to follow certain procedures, which he did. In my opinion, the trainers and doctors should have been heavily censured. Doctors took Griffin to the back during the game and cleared him to continue to play, which he definitely wasn’t healthy enough to do so.
However, now that the dust has somewhat cleared, let’s think back to how this all started. During the Redskins week 14 match up against the Baltimore Ravens, as Griffin was attempting to scramble, he was pulverized by defensive end Haloti Ngata. Ngata’s hit is the initial reason why Griffin incurred the lingering injury. Griffin sat out for a week, but was back in action week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Surprisingly Ngata’s name hasn’t been mentioned much since the original injury. Griffin was told that he had a mild sprain to his knee at the time, but with reports of all the misleading information the Redskins have been providing, his ACL could have been partially torn then. That we would never know, but it is definitely possible that Griffin was playing on a partially torn ACL for three consecutive weeks.
While Griffin has constantly been in the news throughout the last few weeks, I’m sure Ngata has chuckled a few times knowing he is the real reason for the knee injury. Haloti Ngata and his Ravens prepare to face the New England Patriots Sunday in the AFC championship game, while Griffin is home nursing a knee injury. Hopefully for the Redskins, they’ll get a healthy RGIII back for the start of the 2013 season.
Redskins columnist/Josiah Turner