Saturday, January 12, 2013

Doctor: Robert Griffin III may change playing style due to injury


Many have voiced their opinion regarding the handling of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Redskins quarterback suffered damage to both his ACL and LCL in his right knee during the NFC playoffs against Seattle. On Wednesday, Griffin had successful surgery to repair both ligaments and is expected to take six to eight months to fully recover.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache joined The NFL Today on Saturday to offer his thoughts on the injury and the rehabilitation process. He even goes as far as saying that a possible change in playing style may be in the works for Griffin.

When CBS host James Brown asked ElAttrache if he thought RG3 would be the same when returns to the field, this is what he had to say:

"I think that you'll see a mobile, pro-style quarterback rather than a run-first type of quarterback," ElAttrache said. "I don't know that the longevity that he would have...would be what you'd want to center your franchise around."

When asked what Griffin can expect during rehab:

"This lateral ligament repair is going to require some protection early on on the front end. It's going to delay that aggressiveness of the physical therapy that would normally occur with an ACL reconstruction. And so, on the back end, it'll remain to be seen how quickly he'll be able to come back if he's ready for the beginning of the season."

Should Griffin had been playing at all last Sunday?

"That's a decision that purely needs to be made...by an interaction between the player and his medical staff," the doctor said. "The availability for him to play is made by that interaction, that examination, that history."

Some have directed the burden of the blame for Griffin's injury on head coach Mike Shanahan. Does the doctor agree with them?

"I think it's impossible to affix blame in that kind of a way," said ElAttrache. "There's the issue of availability to play. That's purely based on the medical staff's decision -- with the player -- and the player has to report all the necessary things that go into making that decision. Then they determine if he's available to play. After that, it's a coaching decision."

You can view video of the interview here.

Via CBS Sports.

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