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“I knew I wasn’t myself,” Griffin said.

As backup quarterback Kirk Cousins finished the drive to send the game to overtime, Griffin laid on his back on the blue training table. A player held up a burgundy coat to try and block onlookers.

Dr. James Andrews, the renowned surgeon who is the Redskins‘ senior orthopedic consultant, joined the crew examining Griffin. The medical staff told Griffin the knee’s ligaments, including the ACL, “feel good.”

Running back Alfred Morris saw tears. Griffin limped around the sideline clutching a radio connected to a earpiece in his left ear that relayed the play calls. He wanted to be on the field. Coach Mike Shanahan had to prevent him from returning. Instead, Griffin told Morris to finish the game off.

“That’s just his love and passion for the game,” Morris said. “That’s the type of person he is. He loves doing it. I’m not surprised … shedding tears because he wants to be out there helping this team win.”

The tears soon disappeared.

An X-ray turned out “very good.” Griffin remembered the medical staff prodding the painful portion of his knee “like 14 times.”

“I don’t know if any of you guys have been to the doctor,” he said, then laughed at his joke. “I’m good for one every week.”

Off to the side, a TV showed his face on ESPN.

The quarterback was smiling.