Redskins say RG3 doesn't have major knee injury
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) — Robert Griffin III sprained his right knee in the Washington Redskins' win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, but a team spokesman said an MRI revealed that "everything is clear" in terms of significant ligament damage.
Spokesman Tony Wyllie said Griffin does not have a major knee injury and specifically ruled out a season-ending torn ACL as a result of a hit on the rookie quarterback in the final minutes of regulation in the 31-28 overtime victory.
At about the same time as Wyllie's announcement, Griffin tweeted: "Your positive vibes and prayers worked people!!!! To God be the Glory!"
By medical definition, a sprained knee means that Griffin has some damage in at least one of the several ligaments in his knee. Wyllie said coach Mike Shanahan will give more information about Griffin's status Monday.
Griffin was limping and wearing a big black brace on his knee in the locker room after the game. Instead of taking the big step onto the podium for his postgame news conference, he had to walk around the platform and use the smaller steps to get to the microphone.
He had an X-ray at the stadium, and he said doctors poking at his knee told him that his ligaments "felt good." The worst-case scenario would have been an ACL tear, like the one he had on the same knee while playing for Baylor in 2009.
"I'm not a doctor, but I know what an ACL feels like," Griffin said before leaving to have MRI. "And it doesn't feel like an ACL. ... If I felt that, I'd be pretty nervous. But we won the game, everybody's praying for me, I feel pretty good right now about the whole situation."
Last year's Heisman Trophy winner was hurt during Washington's final drive of regulation when was tackled by Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at the end of a 13-yard scramble.