Why RG3 had to play through the pain

The origins and implications of a gruesome injury

An injured Robert Griffin III walks off the field in the fourth quarter of the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 6.
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The twist looked gruesome. Robert Griffin III, the wunderkind quarterback of the Washington Redskins, was attempting to plant his legs and scoop up a fumbled snap, and the ligaments in his knee seemed to just disappear. His knee rotated about 90 degrees too far. Football fans were reminded of the injury suffered by Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann in 1985.

On television, the producer of Fox's coverage mercifully ordered only a few replays. Griffin walked off the field on his own accord, said a few words to his coach, Mike Shanahan, and went into the locker room. He had been gimpy from the start of the game, and it was showing well before the play. Immediately, on Twitter, Washington came together: Shanahan had sacrificed RG3's future for the sake of winning this one playoff game. He should be tarred and feathered. No! Fired! No, interred. Alive.

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