UPDATE: Ruh roh, here comes the pain.
Citing multiple sources with knowledge of the results from Griffin’s tests earlier today, the Washington Post is reporting that “possible partial tears of his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments” were revealed. Those same sources also told the Post that exploratory surgery may be an option to determine the exact extent of the damage, but Griffin hopes to avoid full reconstructive surgery if the tears are indeed partial. That applies even if it’s a new injury, and not an aggravation of a pre-existing one.
The skewering of Mike Shanahan has continued today, and to his credit he stepped right into the blazing fire, holding his season-ending press conference this afternoon. Instead of, I dunno, chillin’ in the Bahamas while revealing tats that involve a middle-aged wife, Mark Sanchez, and little clothing. We salute you, Shanny.
There was an important injury to discuss. Kory Lichtensteiger still has a sprained ankle.
Ahhh yes, Robert Griffin III. What of him? Well, there was a question or 19 asked of Shanahan about his quarterback who was the subject of an attempted career killing last night, and the answers left us a little less optimistic about the state of his offseason plans than we were a few hours ago.
Griffin had an MRI today, but nothing is conclusive yet, and he’ll have another MRI tomorrow in a follow-up examination under the eye of Dr. Death himself, James Andrews. The reasons for the second examination are to both simply be thorough, but also to determine the specific nature of the injury and sort through what Shanahan repeatedly called “differences in opinion”.
Please, allow me to explain, or try. Griffin’s original knee injury suffered earlier this season was to the LCL, and in 2009 he tore his ACL. So the MRI tomorrow is primarily needed to provide clarity, as it needs to be determined if this latest problem is tied to either of those earlier injuries, or if there’s a new problem all together. I’m really not sure what’s worse. Both?
Shanahan also said the results won’t be available for two or three days, and right now saying anything about the state of Griffin’s knee is just speculation. It’s a good thing that’s what we do best around here, Mike.
Of course, Shanny was also peppered with questions again regarding his decision to leave Griffin in the game yesterday, and his responses weren’t much different from what we already know. Griffin told him that he’s fine after he was initially hurt in the first quarter of Washington’s loss to Seattle, and Shanahan believed him, which is why he was allowed to continue. Shanahan said this decision isn’t one that he made himself, as there’s always input from multiple people on any decision which takes place during the frantic hell that is the sideline.
But the final call always comes back to the head coach, and if I’m a Redskins fan, Shanahan is quickly becoming a man I can’t trust with my franchise quarterback, and we can say the same for fantasy purposes if you own Griffin in a keeper or dynasty league. Because as we wait right now, Griffin’s 2013 season could hang on what’s left of his knee ligaments.
There were shoddy Interweb reports that emerged shortly after Shanahan concluded. They stated that Griffin tore both his ACL and PCL. Please, remain in your non-fetal position, because I’m intentionally burying this information way down here, and merely passing it along for now. The Virginia TV station that did the reporting has already taken down what could be a viciously false rumor. Hope, we still have it.
(UPDATE: WRIC has now firmly backed away from their report. Here’s a screen grab of the original story.)
But the fact that an ACL tear and significant missed time during the 2013 season is even a possibility illustrates the height of Shanahan’s idiocy.
“Robert’s our franchise quarterback, and I’m not going to take a chance on his career to win a game,” Shanahan said.
“If I didn’t think he was right, he wouldn’t have been in there.”
We know that, Mike. But you did take a chance on his career, and you did think he was fine.
And he wasn’t.