Posted January 06, 2013

Dr. James Andrews says he never cleared RG3 to play after injury, contradicting Mike Shanahan

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Dr. James Andrews said that he never cleared Robert Griffin III to return to the game after a gruesome collision. (Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Dr. James Andrews told USA Today on Sunday that he never cleared Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to return to a game following a brutal collision in which he suffered a knee injury.

Andrews’ comments directly contradict those made by head coach Mike Shanahan after the Redskins’ Dec. 9 game against the Baltimore. When asked by reporters the next day why he decided to let Griffin go back in the game, he said he only did so because Andrews cleared him.

“He’s the one that gives me that information,” Shanahan said on Dec. 10. “It’s way over my head.”

But Andrews said he never cleared Griffin to reenter the game. In fact, he said, Griffin “didn’t even let us look at him.”

“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,” Andrews said.

“We didn’t even get to touch him or talk to him. Scared the hell out of me.”

After the collision, Griffin went back into the game for four plays before removing himself in obvious pain. Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins took over and led the team to an overtime victory.

Andrews admitted that he is still worried about Griffin’s health and concerned that the team might have rushed their star rookie back too quickly.

“I’m the one that shut him down that day, finally,” Andrews said. “I’ve been a nervous wreck letting him come back as quick as he has. He’s doing a lot better this week, but he’s still recovering and I’m holding my breath because of it.

“He passed all the tests and all the functional things we do, but it’s been a trying moment for me, to be honest with you.”


8 comments
paul25
paul25

RGIII should have been pulled from the game after the second series when he received that late hit. If it was obvious to ME it MUST have been obvious to Shanahan and the rest of the coaching staff/trainers.

AlcoholicShare
AlcoholicShare

This is Mike Shanahan's MO - just think back to the Denver Broncos great Running Back - 2000 yard rusher Terrell Davis who made it possible for Elway to finally get his two Super Bowl rings, which should have been three. The 1999 season after Elway retired, Mike Shanahan played the Super Bowl Broncos with a rookie quarterback - Brian Griese, who was never exceptional at Michigan his senior year; the only year he started. Shanahan had a veteran QB, Bubby Brister; who has great career stats and won 4 games the year before when Elway was hurt. Terrell Davis ended his 4 year career chasing down a defensive player in the 4th game of that 1999 season after Brian Griese threw another Rookie interception. / http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrell_Davis / Look at the stats, Davis should be in the Hall of Fame. One of 6 backs in the history of the game to rush for 2000 yards in a season. Davis still holds all the records for post season play;  In his 8 postseason games from 1996 to 1998, his numbers were staggering: 204 carries for 1,140 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with 19 receptions for 131 yards. Davis was such a weapon that in the Broncos first Super Bowl win vs Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers; when Davis came out of the game with a migraine headache that literally blinded him, the Broncos put him back in the game late in the 2nd quarter to be a decoy, just to run a play to the fullback and score on the goal line. Davis - like Gale Sayers had his career cut short, but 10 - 12 seasons of Davis being productive he may be the all-time leading rusher in NFL History. Thank you Mike Shanahan. You certainly know how to manage Superstar players that have careers in front of them that can be legendary. - If RG3 is hurt, and my guess is that he is; we will know soon enough; we all have Mike Shanahan to thank for ending a Hall of Fame career before it even got into first gear.

- Let's all hope RG3 is able to recover from the damage to his knee, and at least be 75% the player we saw for the first 8 games of this 2012 - 2013 season.

Knightshield
Knightshield

Somebody is telling a lie. I am a Dallas fan, and it doesn't make me sad at all that Washington got pasted today. But it does bother me that RG III didn't have the good judgement to know when he was hurt too bad to be productive to his team and let the HC know. To me that is immature, maybe even a bit selfish. Worse though, how could a seasoned head coach stand there and watch his team's leader, and possible future of his team continue to take hits and chances on permanantly tearing up his knee and forfieting his future in the NFL just to win THIS game. If the good doctor didn't clear RG III to play, then why in the world was he out there in the first place? When I looked at the expression on Mike S son's face after RG III went down, I knew something was up. Could it be that the younger Shannahan and father had a disagreement on playing RG today? We'll never know.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I bet you'll get to talk to him now, Doc. Assuming the Redskins don't fire you for saying what you did.

Richard49
Richard49

 @Knightshield said:"Could it be that the younger Shannahan and father had a disagreement on playing RG today? We'll never know."

I think we know alright. The elder had the right to hold RG off the field and never did it. Son of a bitch. He should be fired, but won't be.

bbc
bbc

 @Knightshield

 The doctor was referring to the injury and the game played on Dec 9th, and not the playoff game.

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

 @Rickapolis Andrews is THE knee doctor for the entire sports world.  I doubt he's worried about what the Skins say.