Redskins-Seahawks: Robert Griffin III discusses injured knee

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Here are some of Robert Griffin III’s comments following the Washington Redskins’ 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Sunday’s wild card playoff game at FedEx Field:

On staying in the game:
“It’s a simple process. Mike [Shanahan] asked me if I was OK. I said, ‘Yes.’ I’m the quarterback of this team. My job is to be out thtere if I can play. The only time I couldn’t play was when I went down. I took myself out of the game. That’s just the way you have to play. Just to tackle the next question, I don’t feel like me being out there hurt the team in any way. I’m the best option for this team and that’s why I’m the starter.”

On his right knee’s health during the second drive of the game:
“I didn’t get hit. I just planted on it wrong. I tried to throw back, actually, on that drive, the second drive, the scoring drive, trying to throw back to Pierre [Garcon].My knee kind of buckled on me and scared me a little bit, so I went to the wideline and got a tape job done on the knee. I was fine after that until the very end of the game. So that was it.”

On if continuing to play put him at greater risk of injury:
“I can agree with you on that. I think I did put myself at more risk by being out there. But every time you step on the football field in between those lines you’re putting your life, your career, every single ligament in your body in jeopardy. That’s just the approach I had to take toward it. My teammates needed me out there, so I was out there for them. When it comes to the impact of the injury, I’m not sure what it is. We’ll figure that out here in the next few days. Whatever it is, I’ll make sure I come back healthy from it.”

On his running ability:
“Mike [Shanahan] asked me to try to see if I could run, so I did and I got 9 yards. I think that’s a positive in anybody’s playbook. … I had to go out there and do what I had to do to help the team win, period.”

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