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Teams’ handling of injured players continues to be questioned, from the San Francisco 49ers and Alex Smith (concussion) in Week 10, to the Redskins and RG3.

Two years ago, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was excoriated by current and former players for not finishing the NFC championship game with a torn MCL in his left knee.

(Can we add playing surfaces to the list of concerns? RG3 and Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons suffered major knee injuries on FedEx Field’s deplorable turf, which has been heavily criticized by the Redskins and visiting teams. Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson told USA Today that the field “should be illegal. That’s like working in a sweatshop to me.” Players deserve better.)

But in the NFL ethos, field conditions matter less than body conditions. Players play and coaches coach. And the teams’ medical staffers know which party signs their checks.

The league moved toward addressing that conflict of interest after Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy returned to a game in 2011 after suffering a concussion. Later that season, the NFL announced that independent trainers would be stationed in press boxes and authorized to have players examined for possible head injuries. The union wants to take it a step further by having independent neurologists on the sidelines.

Maybe that should include independent orthopedists, too.

Dr. James Andrews might be the world’s best, but who’s to say he doesn’t get caught up in the emotion — wearing his Redskins cap — with 84,000 fans screaming in his ear?

Andrews has downplayed the “communication problem” on whether RG3 was cleared to return against Baltimore, but it sounds a lot like damage control.

The Redskins kept sending RG3 onto the field Sunday, just like other teams have sent their injured players back into the fray.

RG3 insisted on continuing to play, just like other players have refused to be pulled off the field.

But neither side can be trusted in those situations and neither should have the final say. Making the right call might be difficult, but it should come from an independent voice.

And if a team opted to err on the side of caution anyway, that would be commendable.