This past Sunday there was a report from USA Today Sports that Redskins orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews said he never cleared quarterback Robert Griffin III to go back into the game against the Ravens in which he originally injured his knee.
“(Griffin) didn’t even let us look at him,” Andrews said. “He came off the field, walked through the sidelines, circled back through the players and took off back to the field. It wasn’t our opinion.
“We didn’t even get to touch him or talk to him. Scared the hell out of me.”
Shanahan had told the media after the game that Dr. Andrews had looked Griffin over and cleared him.
“He’s on the sidelines with Dr. Andrews. He had a chance to look at him and he said he could go back in,” Shanahan said Dec. 10. “(I said) ‘Hey, Dr. Andrews, can Robert go back in?’
‘Yeah, he can go back in.’
‘Robert, go back in.’
“That was it,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan was asked about the conflicting accounts this past Sunday and gave his account.
Asked about the discrepancy in accounts, Shanahan on Sunday offered this explanation.
“Well, after the game we talked in detail. When he went back into the game at that time, I looked over at Dr. Andrews, he said, ‘Yeah, he’s ok to go back in.’ Of course I’m sitting there trying to evaluate Kirk Cousins’ play, so when someone says he’s OK… Well, what Dr. Andrews is talking about, when I talked to him today, he said, ‘Hey, Robert came around and he started showing us he could run; he was sprinting around and then he just took off, so I just figured he was OK. I didn’t go through a thorough examination of him until after the game.’ I wasn’t really sure in what detail he was talking about at that time. He felt Robert – just looking at him run and then take off – that he was ok to go back in. I looked at him for the next three plays, the first time he had Santana [Moss] shell across, the next time he threw a little out-round, and it looked like his footwork was good. But you could see on that last one, where he hit Pierre Garçon, that when he stepped into the pocket that it wasn’t right. At that time Pierre caught it and he was trying to kill the clock, but we were going to take him out at that time, and that’s when Kirk came in.”
Andrews, when reached by phone on Monday, concurred with Shanahan’s account.
“Coach Shanahan didn’t lie about it, and I didn’t lie,” Andrews said Monday afternoon. “I didn’t get to examine [Griffin’s knee] because he came out for one play, didn’t let us look at him and on the next play, he ran through all the players and back out onto the field. Coach Shanahan looks at me like, ‘Is he OK?’ and I give him the ‘Hi’ sign as in, ‘He’s running around, so I guess he’s OK.’ But I didn’t get to check him out until after the game. It was just a communication problem. Heat of battle. I didn’t get to tell him I didn’t get to examine the knee. Mike Shanahan would never have put him out there at risk just to win a game.”
It really sounds like the Redskins have regrouped and are trying to back track in order to save face.
It’s funny how when someone says something they regret, their comments were always taken out of context.