Griffin confident he's OK after knee injury

Sun Dec 9, 2012 8:57pm EST
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By Steve Ginsburg

LANDOVER, Maryland (Reuters) - Robert Griffin III knew the second he got whacked by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata he was in trouble.

"As soon as I got hit I screamed," he said. "It hurt really bad."

The 81,178 at FedEx Field watched in silence as Griffin, the team's meal ticket both for this year and for the foreseeable future, held his knee.

"It didn't feel like an ACL (torn anterior cruciate ligament) or anything like that so I told them, 'Just get me to the sideline and I'm coming back the next play.'"

With the clock winding down and the Redskins trailing 28-20, Griffin sat out one play before re-entering the line-up. He returned r four plays but was unable to continue.

Once again, he walked gingerly to the sideline.

Fortunately for the Redskins, his back-up, Kirk Cousins, fired an 11-yard touchdown strike to Pierre Garcon with 29 seconds left in regulation and then ran for the two-point conversion to force overtime.

Washington won 31-28 on a 34-yard field goal by Kai Forbath four minutes into the extra session. Despite the victory, Washington's fourth straight, few believe the Redskins will be playoff bound without Griffin.   Continued...

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half of their NFL football game in Landover, Maryland December 9, 2012. REUTERS/Gary Cameron