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RG3 knee injury might be major

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III sits on the bench after leaving Sunday’s wild-card loss to Seattle with a knee injury.

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Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III sits on the bench after leaving Sunday’s wild-card loss to Seattle with a knee injury.

ASHBURN, Va. — It doesn't sound good for Redskins QB Robert Griffin III.

An injury that sidelines RG3 well into next season is possible — or at least it seemed that way after coach Mike Shanahan described the results of Monday's tests on the rookie's right knee.

The Washington Post reported that it was possible that two ligaments were at least partly torn but it was unclear whether any possible damage was sustained Sunday in the loss to Seattle.

Shanahan said the team is sending Griffin to Florida today to see renowned orthopedist James Andrews for more examinations.

"There is a concern," Shanahan said. "That's why he's going to see him."

Griffin tore his ACL while playing for Baylor in 2009, and Shanahan said that old injury caused Griffin's latest MRI to prove inconclusive and produce "differences of opinion" in those who have looked at it.

Andrews, who works with the Redskins on the sidelines during games, told USA Today over the weekend that ne never cleared Griffin to re-enter the game — and never even got to examine him — last month against the Ravens, when the rookie was initially hurt. Andrews' account differed from Shanahan's at the time.

Meanwhile, Seahawks coach Pete Caroll railed against the torn-up turf at FedEx Field but stopped short of blaming the field for the injury to DE Chris Clemons, who tore the ACL and meniscus in his left knee Sunday. Clemons led the team with 111/2 sacks.

Griffin twisted his knee slipping on the turf while trying to catch an errant shotgun snap.

"It was horrible," Carroll told 710 ESPN Seattle. "It's a horrible field. It's as bad as a field can get for being dry. It's too bad. … We should just expect to see a better field at that time of year."

Also, Seahawks K Steven Hauschka injured his left calf. ESPN reported that Ryan Longwell and Neil Rackers, among others, are scheduled to try out if Hauschka can't play.

FALCONS: DE John Abraham, who injured an ankle in a season-ending loss to the Bucs after Atlanta had already clinched the No. 1 seed, will practice Wednesday, reported. He is expected to play Sunday against Seattle.

49ERS: Coach Jim Harbaugh said there's a "good chance" both David Akers and Billy Cundiff will be on the roster Saturday against Green Bay, though he didn't specify whether both kickers would be among the 46 active players. The team signed Cundiff Jan. 1 after veteran Akers struggled.

RG3 knee injury might be major 01/07/13 [Last modified: Monday, January 7, 2013 10:58pm]
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