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Doctor says he never cleared RG3 to play

LANDOVER, Md. — Did the Redskins jeopardize the career of rookie QB Robert Griffin III, not only Sunday but earlier this season?

Griffin reinjured his right knee in a 24-14 loss to the Seahawks, one day after famed orthopedic surgeon James Andrews, one of Washington's team physicians, told USA Today he was "scared to death" over Griffin playing earlier this season with the injury.

And Sunday, for the second time, Andrews told the newspaper he never cleared Griffin to return to a game last month in which Griffin initially injured the knee, despite comments from coach Mike Shanahan to the contrary.

On Sunday, Shanahan kept Griffin in though he re-injured his knee in the first half. Griffin, clearly hobbled, later left for good after his right leg twisted gruesomely behind him in the fourth quarter.

"There was no way I was coming out of that game," Griffin said of staying in after the first-half re-injury.

"He said, 'Hey, trust me. I want to be in there, and I deserve to be in there,' " Shanahan said. "I couldn't disagree."

After the game, when told of Andrews' comments, Shanahan said that after Griffin first sprained his lateral collateral ligament against Baltimore on Dec. 9, the doctor had cleared him. But Andrews had told the paper that when Griffin was hit vs. the Ravens, he re-entered after one play: "He didn't even let us look at him. … Scared the hell out of me."

Shanahan mentioned the doctor's name five times in his postgame comments after that Ravens game: "We had Dr. Andrews on the sideline with us. He's the one that gives me the information. It's way over my head. I'm just telling you what he said."

"I think I did put myself at more risk by being out there (Sunday)," Griffin, slated for an MRI exam today, said. "But every time you get on the field, you're putting yourself on the line."

"If you didn't pull him out then, you should get fired," Shanahan said.

SEAHAWKS CONCERN: Coach Pete Carroll said the Seahawks were worried about DE Chris Clemons, who led the team with 11½ sacks. Profootballtalk.com reported that the team fears Clemons has an ACL injury and is due for an MRI exam today.

Doctor says he never cleared RG3 to play 01/06/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 12:14am]
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