Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III believes assigning blame for his severe right knee injury is irrelevant as he pushes forward with his rehabilitation.
Griffin, during an interview this week with the team’s in-house broadcast network, was asked: “How annoying are all the misrepresentations of all the blame?”
“You try to avoid controversy as much as you can while at the same time making sure people understand that everyone understands what happened in this organization when it comes to owner, GM, head coach, myself and the offensive coordinator,” Griffin said. “We all understand what happened through the situation in the Seattle Seahawks game that lead to my knee surgery.”
“At the end of the day, what anybody wants to say about who’s to blame, whose responsibility it is, it doesn’t really matter whose responsibility it is. It doesn’t really matter who’s to blame because I’m the one that has to go through the struggle that is a knee surgery and rehab to get back. The people who are also going through that with me are the owner, the GM, the head coach, the offensive coordinator, the organization, the fans–everyone goes through that with me.”
Griffin suffered a Grade 1 lateral collateral ligament sprain on Dec. 9 against Baltimore. He aggravated the knee on Jan. 6 while rolling out to pass on the Redskins’ second possession of their playoff loss to Seattle. Griffin was noticeably hobbled, but, after meeting with members of the team’s medical staff, convinced coach Mike Shanahan to let him stay in the game.
Griffin’s knee gruesomely buckled in the fourth quarter when he leaned forward to pick up a rolling shotgun snap. Three days later, he had surgery to revise the reconstruction of the ACL and repair the LCL and medial meniscus in his right knee.
“At the end of the day, you just want people to know that, look, just pray for me,” Griffin said. “Forget about that game. It’s in the past. We’re moving forward. Just know that I need those prayers, I need that help to help me get through this rather people coming to me trying to start a controversy over he said she said or who’s to blame.”
Griffin has not been made available to the media at large since Feb. 2 at the NFL Honors show in New Orleans. The team expects him to be ready for the regular season opener the weekend of Sept. 8.