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Robert Griffin III’s Limited Work In Recent Games Not Tied To Knee Injury

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan does not believe Robert Griffin III’s sprained right knee is hurting more than he’s willing to share, insisting that the team’s medical staff has determined the quarterback’s LCL “is 100 percent” and that he cannot further damage it by continuing to play.

Griffin III

Griffin completed just nine of 18 passes for 100 yards against the Cowboys on Sunday – by far his lowest output of the season. He struggled with his control, accuracy and decision-making, though he still managed to run six times for 63 yards.

The quarterback sprained the knee Dec. 9 against Baltimore and missed the following week’s game at Cleveland. When he returned Dec. 23 at Philadelphia, and again versus Dallas, he wore a large black brace on the knee.

“The brace helps him at least mentally know that he’s not putting too much pressure on it,” Shanahan said. “I think sometimes, he looks a little bit different when he does cut. I think it bothers him just a hair, but it’s something that he has to wear. So, hopefully, it just gets better and better.”

Griffin said after the game Alfred Morris’ 33 carries for 200 yards and three touchdowns was the reason why he threw so little – not because of the knee.

“I don’t think my health influenced the passing,” Griffin said. “I was healthy enough to run. I think that’s why Coach called upon me to run. … But whenever you have a running back like Alfred do what he did tonight, you have to keep riding that.”

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