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Injury to Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III Could Alter New York Giants’ 2013 Season

January 8th, 2013 at 6:30 AM
By Paul Tierney

'Robert Griffin III' photo (c) 2012, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/ The New York Giants don't need Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to be injured in order for them to get back to the top of the NFC East in 2013. Big Blue is talented enough to beat Washington at full strength regardless of how seriously the Redskins' quarterback injured his knee this weekend.

The reports on Robert Griffin III's knee injury are, at best, speculation at this point. Some indicate that the rookie phenom has completely torn his ACL, MCL and PCL, while ESPN is reporting that he only has a partial tear of his ACL and a torn LCL. Either way,  it sounds as if he as suffered a relatively severe knee injury that will cause him to miss a significant period of time. It would be the second serious instance of ligament damage in his right knee.

From a humanistic point of view, hearing the news of such a promising player suffering a career-threatening injury is obviously distressing, especially given the knowledge that the coaching staff possessed beforehand. However, as much as nobody wants to talk about it right now, RG3's potential absence for any significant period of time in 2013 will drastically alter the New York Giants path to next season's divisional crown.

The Giants got to see firsthand how Robert Griffin III transformed the culture of the entire Redskins organization. In two games against Big Blue this season, RG3 put up 582 total yards of offense. He led his team with poise, as he defeated the Giants in their second meeting at FedEx Field in a game that allowed the Redskins to stay alive in the NFC East.

Obviously, Griffin is too integrated into the Redskins offense for them to be as successful without him in the lineup. Kirk Cousins, RG3's backup, is talented, but starting him in 2013 would require the 'Skins to re-engineer the teams' entire offense. Furthermore, Washington does not have a first round pick in the 2013 draft, so there is little chance they can rebuild with a young prospect. Griffin's injury would more than likely render the Redskins as an average football team next season.

With the Philadelphia Eagles in a full-on rebuilding mode, the Giants and Dallas Cowboys seem to be the only two viable teams capable of winning the division next season.Obviously, it's way too early to make any educated predictions to any degree of accuracy on which teams will be competitive next season. Free agency hasn't began yet, the draft is still a few months away and there are always injuries during the preseason. However, regardless of what happens in any of the above processes, the potential absence Robert Griffin III  will drastically change the course of the NFC East in 2013.

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11 Responses to “Injury to Washington Redskins’ Robert Griffin III Could Alter New York Giants’ 2013 Season”

  1. Dan BentonDan Benton says:

    Going back to yesterday’s debate, I tore my ACL, MCL and PCL. It was an 18 month recovery for me and I used the Jets’ orthopedic surgeon (once upon a time) and his staff, which included Dr. Robert Hedderman and Dr. Richard Alfred.

    I had some of the best care available, and used a top-notch rehab facility as well. 18 months.

    •  Krow says:

      I’m glad you made it back and had a good recovery. They can do great things now days. But there’s a big difference between leading a normal life and running the pistol in the NFL.

  2.  Krow says:

    Who didn’t see this RG3 disaster coming? He had a knee injury already from college. He’s not all that large. And he’s running an option offense in the pros.

    If the big neon WTF sign wasn’t blinking then you weren’t paying attention.

    I think the Redskins’ organization should be taken out back and collectively shot. Danny … Shanny … Shanny Jr. All 3 of them knew what they were doing. They rolled the dice with this kid’s future and HE lost. Not them. They did just fine. Won the NFC East … saved all their jobs … and got out from under the magic 8-ball.

    And all they had to do was throw RG3 under the bus. No problemo’

  3.  G-MenFan says:

    Nothing will “alter the Giants 2013 season” more than playing to their potential.

    As far as RG3′s career goes, the recovery time varies wildly depending on the person and the damage. They’ll want to reduce the inflammation in the knee and have him build up the surrounding muscle and tissue prior to surgery. Once he “comes back” (it’s never 12 to 18 months, it’s always 18 months) he’ll never be the same.

  4.  turkish says:

    Fewell isn’t stopping the Skins with or without RGIII. No faith in the guy.

    Was actually looking for him on ND’s sideline last night assuming he was responsible for Te’ o’s Houdini act.

    •  G-MenFan says:

      Te’o wasn’t Houdini. He made every player he was “tackling” look like Houdini. I’ve never seen such a highly ranked player look so effing terrible. His stock dropped like brick in water.

      And speaking of wondering if a Giants coordinator was on the ND sideline: that’s exactly what I was wondering when they threw that bomb down the right sideline of 4th and 5.

      •  clever username says:

        “Te’o wasn’t Houdini. He made every player he was “tackling” look like Houdini. I’ve never seen such a highly ranked player look so effing terrible. His stock dropped like brick in water.

        And speaking of wondering if a Giants coordinator was on the ND sideline: that’s exactly what I was wondering when they threw that bomb down the right sideline of 4th and 5.”

        i agree 10000% with every word of this post and have nothing to add or subtract from it.

  5.  Chad Eldred says:

    I really hope it hasn’t come to this. We need to be focused on raising our level of play, not hoping others descend to meet us where we are at. Besides, I really have come to like this kid. As much as I hate the prospect of having him shred our D, he is a genuinely likable guy. The anti-Ryan Leaf. I wish him the best.

  6.  TuckThis says:

    I agree Chad. The Giants need to play much better…not hope the competition plays worse.

    Why don’t we wait and see the story before we make all these dire predictions.
    Adrian Peterson seemed to recover nicely, thank you very much.

  7.  fanfor55years says:

    I turned that game last night off at the half. Say whatever you want about the Irish coaches, but they had NO CHANCE. They were up against a team of far better athletes who played at their very best. No one was going to beat them last night.

    I don’t particularly care about either of those teams but I came away thinking:

    1) There are a lot better linebackers in the NCAA than Te’o;

    2) I’d happily take the entire left side of the ‘Bama offensive line in exchange for the one we have right now;

    3) Both of the ‘Bama running backs are absolute studs, as is their freshman receiver; and

    4) While at least 3-4 players for ‘Bama could be NFL stars, there are none of those guys on the Irish (although a number of them will play in the NFL, it sure didn’t look like any but their tight end would become impact players, much less stars).

    That game was a “no contest” from the first series. Too bad. But the best team, by far, won and Saban and his team deserve all the praise they will be getting this week. I just hope one of their players (or two) wind up on the Giants in April.

    One last observation: seeing how good that team is, and seeing its depth, I have a sneaky feeling that McCants is going to turn out to be a player for us since I have heard that he came with Saban’s imprimatur and that’s why he was drafted by Reese.

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