NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Saturday he’s satisfied that the Washington Redskins’ handling of Robert Griffin III in last weekend’s playoff game was based on “medical decisions,” Rick Maese of the Washington Post
Despite showing signs of a knee injury, Griffin played deep into the game against Seattle. The rookie quarterback was eventually pulled from the game because of his injured right knee and had to undergo surgery on both his lateral collateral and medial collateral ligaments earlier this week.
“People can argue whether it was the right decision or the wrong decision,” Goodell said Saturday, speaking publicly about the injury for the first time, “but it was a medical decision and that’s what we want it to be.”
Goodell hosted a fan forum for about 200 Denver Broncos season ticket holders Saturday morning at Sports Authority Field and met with reporters afterward. Redskins’ Coach Mike Shanahan has faced criticism for keeping Griffin in the game too long last weekend, exposing him to serious injury. Goodell said the league office would continue to evaluate its medical protocols and procedures.
“Will we make further changes? Yeah, I would anticipate we will,” he said. “We’ll always look at that and try to see what else we can do to make sure that the proper medical attention is being given, that they make the best evaluation and it’s their determination to make.”
“Robert Griffin seems to be very comfortable with it,” the commissioner added. “As long as they’re medical decisions, that is our primary objective.”
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