Yeah, it sucks big time to have a sprained knee. But Robert Griffin III very luckily limped away from what could have been a season-ending injury in the Washington Redskins’ game against the Baltimore Ravens, yesterday.
Here’s how it happened: the Redskins were down 28-20 after Ray Rice’s touchdown with less than five minutes on the clock in regulation time. Haloti Ngata tackled Griffin during a scramble at the 13-yard line hitting him hard at the right knee. “I knew as soon as I got hit. I screamed. Like a man, of course,” Griffin told ESPN. “It hurt really bad.”
Griffin took a short break and returned for four more plays, throwing two successful passes that bought the Redskins enough yardage to threaten the Ravens' lead. He then collapsed on the turf and coaches helped him hop one-legged off the field. Replacement QB Kirk Cousins threw a touchdown to Pierre Garcon with 29 seconds remaining in overtime, beating the Ravens 31-28.
Griffin had an MRI at FedExField and Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie confirmed though he has a sprained right knee, he does not have a torn ACL, which would effectively end his season. Whether or not Griffin will play in Sunday’s upcoming game against the Cleveland Brown is unclear. Redskin coaches are expected to release more information today, though it could be as late as the end of the week. As far as the playoffs go? Redskins fans better cross their fingers for Griffin’s health. If he’s benched for the Browns game, anything could happen.