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Robert Griffin III: MRI Reveals Sprained Knee
- Updated: December 10, 2012
The Redskins appear to have dodged a serious injury bullet with Robert Griffin III. Griffin had an MRI performed on his right knee Sunday night that revealed only a right knee sprain. The X-ray taken at the stadium also came back clear.
RG3 was injured late in the fourth quarter on a 13-yard scramble in which his knee twisted almost backwards in an awkward direction after he was hit by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle, Haloti Ngata. Griffin missed one play after the injury and then returned and completed two more crucial passes before the pain was too much to deal with.
Rookie Kirk Cousins was able to guide the team the rest of the way as he connected on his next two passes, including an 11 yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon and the overtime forcing 2 point conversion.
Griffin tweeted this after the game:
Your positive vibes and prayers worked people!!!!To God be the Glory!
UPDATED 3:30 PM (EST) Monday :
Coach Mike Shanahan said Robert Griffin III has a grade 1 LCL sprain of his right knee and described his starting quarterback’s status as “day by day.” Shanahan said the MRI showed the Grade 1 sprain to RG3’s lateral collateral ligament but no structural damage to the knee.
When asked if Griffin might be able to practice Wednesday, Shanahan said, “I really don’t know.” He said, however, he’s “definitely not ruling him out” for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. Shanahan said Griffin has mild swelling and is receiving treatment multiple times a day. He said Griffin likely will wear a brace to support his knee.
The LCL is one of four ligaments in the knee. A Grade 1 sprain typically means the ligament is stretched or has some minor tears.