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This Is The RGIII Injury That Outraged Pretty Much Every Football Fan

Robert Griffin III has played hurt a fair amount this season – he’s run the ball a lot, taken a lot of hits because of it, and it’s led to him getting banged up on more than one occasion. But never had his playing hurt been more obvious – and, at times, downright painful to watch – than it was today in the Redskins’ 24-14 playoff loss to the Seahawks.
RGIII noticeably limped down the field for much of the second half, including one run where he somehow picked up several yards, but hobbled out of bounds. It was enough to make more than a few people think Griffin didn’t belong in the game at all… and that was before this happened.

UPDATE: Video removed. Here’s the gif, via SB Nation:

The rest of the original post is below.

Thankfully, he eventually got up and walked off, but he didn’t return, and the extent of the injury is currently unknown. What wasn’t unknown: what a shell of himself Griffin looked like while he was out there, and fans – not just Redskins fans, mind you – were irate that Griffin was out there in his weakened state to begin with, and figured the injury he incurred was a direct result of playing when he shouldn’t have been on the field at all. How irate? This irate:

And it was hard not to think this in the moment, honestly. More than a few people thought RGIII had no business being in the game even before he was knocked out for good (RGIII himself undoubtedly would have fought tooth and nail against that assessment – and probably did), the injury seemed to confirm everyone’s worst fears, and combine that all with this story, and you’ve got some big questions about Mike Shanahan’s handling of his most prized asset.

Like we said, though, RGIII walked off the field under his own power. Hopefully that eventual diagnosis isn’t too serious, he takes some time off to get the knee fully healthy, and returns next season to play some more dazzling football. But if this injury winds up keeping him out for any amount of time, Shanahan is going to take major heat. And in light of both Dr. James Andrews’ comments and Griffin obviously playng at far less than full strength, that heat will be merited. Griffin’s injury in gif form below, via SB Nation.

  • Hawk_Eye

    The best quarterback and the best team won.

  • Anonymous

    I agree with your headline…i was one of those football fans outraged when I saw the knee loosen sideways. He’s such a nice kid of course he won;t say no to Redskin ownership and coaches…PS I’m neither a seahawk nor redskin fan per se….just was watching today since it is the playoffs..

  • Brian McKeever

    Griffin walking off the field under his own power doesn’t mean anything. I completely blew out my ACL playing softball a few years ago. At the time I didn’t know how serious an injury I had, but I was able to walk off the field, return to my car and drive home. It was only a week later after I had an MRI that I realized how bad the damage was.

  • briem

    sad to see the ego of a coach override the health of a young qb.

  • Anonymous

    it looks like his leg is being held together with only the knee brace…

  • Anonymous

    As a Seahawk’s fan, that play was hard to watch. He’s a classy player. Go Hawks!

  • Anonymous

    Gotta love R Wilson. He shows more poise than any rookie quarterback I’ve seen. He lets his game do the talking. Rookie of the year!

  • Anonymous

    I’m very happy the Seahawks won, they’re my team, but it was hard to watch RGIII struggle with that knee. I understand why he started the game, but when it became clear the knee was bad he should have been taken out. Don’t risk a man’s entire career when it’s only just starting. I hope he’ll be okay.

    Go Hawks!

  • B

    Honestly, all of you hawks fans were pooping yourselves in the first quarter, so don’t give me ‘the best team and the best qb won’ crap. RGIII re-injured his knee. That’s why the skins lost. You should consider yourself very lucky. You were getting schooled.

  • bonecrusher1

    The Vikings faced the same situation without a franchise quarterback on the line and wisely choose to sideline Christian Ponder. I salute RGIII for his effort, but now think that it may have been a sacrifice.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DBWPZJYWDIXGI4UM3EKLTWHW5A Melissa

    It seemed to me that he fell apart after that 9 yard run where he limped out of bounds

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure if that play actually aggravated an injury or not, but it was definitely a turning point where everyone started thinking, “OK, he REALLY doesn’t look like he should be out there.”

  • Anonymous

    Best team won. I’m a big fan of RG3 and hope for his full recovery. That said, Hawks won! Injuries are a part of football. If you don’t stay healthy your team suffers. RG3 is the 2nd best rookie of the year because he is injured. He may have been the best if he was completely healthy, we’ll never know.

  • Anonymous

    RG is a bumbling clown. He had no business being out on the field. Too selfish to give up the ball to Kirk Cousins.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.douglas.543 Nick Douglas

    Let me get this straight. The field was good enough for them to play on all YEAR LONG, ….until last night? lol It didn’t seem to mess the SeaHawks running/passing game up on the SAME field. And for the other BS’ers who don’t know a thing about football just want to recycle any good excuse they hear from ESPN nut Huggers, RG3 was CLEARED by the Dr’s to go play, RG3 wanted to play and RG3 was the reason for the Season. It’s funny but everyone who’s complaining would probably be the first to also complain if the coach had put in the backup and the backup started throwing picks all over the place they would of said ‘Why didn’t he give RG3 a chance?? why hafter the first two picks they didn’t give RG3 a chance??? lol Go suck DilfARTS balls and leave the excuses home. They lost because they got beat. And i’m not even a seahawks fan. But if their players could glide on a field the others are stumbling on, then their players are simply better. lol They got beat! End of story.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.douglas.543 Nick Douglas

    and funny thing after that play, ”he really wasn’t out there anymore ” lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.douglas.543 Nick Douglas

    They didn’t sit anyone down. They didn’t use him because they couldn’t. NFL you use the guy if he’s cleared, ready to go and willing. not because you feel sorry for him or not. Is the NFL turning into the National Fairy League? Geez, Give these guys the credit they deserve. RG3 was cleared, wanted to play. Ponder wasn’t cleared and they HAD to put another man in the job. But by no means don’t think for a second that if ponder had the same injury he wouldn’t of made the same choice if cleared by the dr. Fans need to stop trying to feel sorry for everyone, trust me they are all getting better health care then any of us. Just focus outside the lines and give them the respect, because in actuality if i were a player someone blaming my coach for me wanting to play and knowing i was better then the other guy and then everyone make excuses for me after words and blame the coach and say i was too ”hurt” to play, would piss me off royally. Focus outside the lines, don’t focus on the decisions inside the locker rooms. That’s for them to know and for you to just shut the hell up. The cow needs not to feel sorry for the knife.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.douglas.543 Nick Douglas

    dude the game was over even before then. lol and I’m not a hawksfan just a person looking at what the hell was going on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.douglas.543 Nick Douglas

    don’t worry dude, I’m sure one ticket of 800 dollars covers his medical bill. not including the rest of the 50 thousand. lol when did NFL fans become so …….i don’t’ know.. enjoy the show dude and realize there are so many decisions being made and decided health wise by everyone involved.. it’s like a cop wanting be a cop. or a military guy wanting to be a military guy.. only sometimes i think nfl players get more pitty eyed people wanting to protect them off a jacked up leg.. There is nothing happening between those lines that wasn’t already thought of. i assure you that. like i said, they are entertainers so just enjoy the show and worry about what you gotta worry about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nick.douglas.543 Nick Douglas

    if you want to feel sorry for anyone, go feel sorry for the prison cop who just got their head smashed in for half pennies of what these athletes make.

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