“You have to go with your gut and I did. I’m not saying my gut is always right, but I’ve been here before.”
– Mike Shanahan, head coach Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III had an MRI exam after his knee betrayed him in the fourth quarter of Washington’s 24-14 defeat in the playoffs by the Seattle Seahawks. Mike Shanahan, head coach of the Redskins, suggested to a YouWager news source that the results of the MRI exam could easily be interpreted with more than one conclusion, because of Griffin’s earlier injuries. People with an understanding of the test told a YouWager’s source that the rookie quarterback suffered partial tears of anterior cruciate, or ACL, and lateral collateral ligaments, or CLC. The biggest question, may be when.
Coach Shanahan said Griffin would be examined by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Pensacola, Florida. Andrews recently revealed to a YouWager source that he did not in fact, examine Griffin, back when Shanahan said he was cleared by the doctor. Andrews will try to decide if the test shows new or previous injuries. Andrews has not said yet if surgery will be prescribed. In 2009, prior to joining the NFL, Griffin suffered a torn ACL with the same knee when he was playing for Baylor.
As YouWager’s serious NFL wagering fans surely know, Griffin was attempting to play with, at the very least, a sprained LCL. One inside source told YouWager that Griffin may require exploratory surgery just to discover the full damage and help doctors decide which injuries are new. However, another source said Griffin wishes to avoid reconstructive surgery if these are only partial tears. As yet another YouWager source, connected to the case put it, “That’s what we’re trying to find out.”
At his news conference on Monday, Shanahan said he did not know the extent of the damage to Griffin’s knee or how long his recovery will take. Shanahan would not comment for YouWager’s source if Griffin will play in the Pro Bowl. Most knowledgeable sportsbook bettors doubt this is even a possibility.
The controversy that followed the game, with fans wondering if Shanahan unwisely risked his star player for a playoff win has only begun, an NFL expert at YouWager says. But he points out that in the history of sports, we have often celebrated the players that played while injured. Some football bettors blame Griffin’s enthusiasm. Clearly the young quarterback has not been afraid to get hurt. As YouWager’s NFL analyst points out, the same fans that applauded South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney’s incredible helmet-jarring hit, are among the fans that are now calling for Shanahan’s head. Football is still a contact sport, he says, and that means sacrifice.
Griffin said earlier that he wouldn’t come off the field unless he was carted off, and even then, he said, “I would try and get off the cart and back on the field.” After Sunday’s game, Griffin admitted that his participation in the playoffs was a gamble. “I think I did put myself at more risk by being out there,” Griffin told YouWager’s source.
YouWager’s NFL specialist reminds us that Mike Shanahan’s career as a player, when he was a quarterback for Eastern Illinois University, came to a frightening end when he was hit so hard that one of his kidneys ruptured and his heart stopped for nearly 30 seconds. A priest administered the last rites to Shanahan, a devout Roman Catholic.