(Image source: Washington Post)

BY DAN KENNEDY
 
ANCHOR NATHAN BYRNE
 
Washington Redskins star quarterback, Robert Griffin III, went down with a nasty injury Sunday... One he’s been battling for weeks.
And that begs the question... Should he have been playing at all?

“Griffin in the gun gets the bad snap from center, tries to get the ball and slips on the FedEx turf, if that’s what you want to call it. It’s tough to look at. He clearly slips on the field that’s really chewed up. Look at that.”

Now that gut-wrenching injury has fans questioning whether he should have played all four quarters of Sunday’s game. Griffin says that shouldn’t even be a question.

“I’m the quarterback of this team. My job is to be out there if I can play. The only time I couldn’t play is when I went down and I took myself out of the game... I don’t feel like me being out there hurt the team in any way. I’m the best option for this team and that’s why I’m the starter.”

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said in his postgame press conference his rookie quarterback earned the chance to play in arguably the season’s biggest game.

“Robert said to me, he said, ‘Coach there’s a difference between injured and hurt. He said I guarantee I’m hurting right now but give me a chance to win this football game cause I guarantee I’m not injured. So that was enough for me.”

Leading up to Sunday’s game, the team doctor said he was -- a nervous wreck -- letting RG3 come back as quick as he has and that he was -- holding his breath because of it.

Former player and ESPN commentator Trent Dilfer said he believed Shanahan made the right call in keeping RG3 in the game.

“When you’re the dude, from the first snap of the season to the end, that team is expecting the dude to take the snap from center and RG3 understands that responsibility, that burden. Coach Shanahan understands that.”

Not everyone agrees.
 
Frank Schwab says on his Yahoo Sports Blog that Shanahan has a lot of explaining to do. He writes, “Griffin wasn’t going to ask out of a playoff game. Shanahan needs to make that call... He’s lucky if his bad decisions doesn’t have a long-term impact on one of the NFL’s brightest stars.”

Griffin is scheduled for an MRI this week.
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Redskins 24-14.

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Jan 7, 2013

Should RG3 Have Played Sunday?

(Image source: Washington Post)

BY DAN KENNEDY
 
ANCHOR NATHAN BYRNE
 
Washington Redskins star quarterback, Robert Griffin III, went down with a nasty injury Sunday... One he’s been battling for weeks.
And that begs the question... Should he have been playing at all?

“Griffin in the gun gets the bad snap from center, tries to get the ball and slips on the FedEx turf, if that’s what you want to call it. It’s tough to look at. He clearly slips on the field that’s really chewed up. Look at that.”

Now that gut-wrenching injury has fans questioning whether he should have played all four quarters of Sunday’s game. Griffin says that shouldn’t even be a question.

“I’m the quarterback of this team. My job is to be out there if I can play. The only time I couldn’t play is when I went down and I took myself out of the game... I don’t feel like me being out there hurt the team in any way. I’m the best option for this team and that’s why I’m the starter.”

Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said in his postgame press conference his rookie quarterback earned the chance to play in arguably the season’s biggest game.

“Robert said to me, he said, ‘Coach there’s a difference between injured and hurt. He said I guarantee I’m hurting right now but give me a chance to win this football game cause I guarantee I’m not injured. So that was enough for me.”

Leading up to Sunday’s game, the team doctor said he was -- a nervous wreck -- letting RG3 come back as quick as he has and that he was -- holding his breath because of it.

Former player and ESPN commentator Trent Dilfer said he believed Shanahan made the right call in keeping RG3 in the game.

“When you’re the dude, from the first snap of the season to the end, that team is expecting the dude to take the snap from center and RG3 understands that responsibility, that burden. Coach Shanahan understands that.”

Not everyone agrees.
 
Frank Schwab says on his Yahoo Sports Blog that Shanahan has a lot of explaining to do. He writes, “Griffin wasn’t going to ask out of a playoff game. Shanahan needs to make that call... He’s lucky if his bad decisions doesn’t have a long-term impact on one of the NFL’s brightest stars.”

Griffin is scheduled for an MRI this week.
The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Redskins 24-14.
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