Here is what you need to know on this Saturday, October 13, the day before the Redskins take on the 4-1 Vikings at FedEx Field.
If Griffin is good to go, he’ll go
Mike Shanahan was asked yesterday if he would consider keeping Robert Griffin III out of Sunday’s game even if he is cleared to play after last week’s concussion.
Shanahan gave the proper response:
“That’s what we have doctors for. Doctors make those decisions, we don’t. If Robert feels like he’s fine, he’s had no side-effects, he wants to play, he feels good to play…If Robert were to say, “Hey, you know what? I have a headache,” of course we would do that. That’s why we run all these tests. But why would you not let somebody play if he’s felt good right at the end of the game [and] every day until now? But if he has these tests after practice today and all of sudden he’s not feeling good or something’s wrong, obviously we’re not going to take the chance.”
There is nothing to be gained by keeping Griffin out of the Vikings game. A concussion isn’t like a high ankle sprain where if it’s 85 percent healed you decide if you should sit or tape it up, maybe get something to deal with the pain and then play. Your head is either 100 percent ready to play or it’s zero percent ready.
Will the Redskins’ prized rookie be exposed to more injury if he plays on Sunday? Yes, but only because he will play in somewhere between 60 and 80 more NFL plays than he would if he sat out and participating in an NFL play carries a degree of risk.
So, using that logic you could say that the Redskins should sit him out a few weeks or a month and a half because he will be subject to injury every time he takes the field.
But Griffin is a football player and he’ll play.
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