RGIII injury: Dr. James Andrews fears Redskins QB came back too soon

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Some aren't so sure that Robert Griffin III should be back on the field so quickly, including one of the most famous sports surgeons in the world.

The Washington Redskins have a Wild Card round playoff game at FedEx Field against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and Robert Griffin III will be suited up and ready to go.

Only a month ago, Griffin was crushed by Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens on a scramble, spraining his knee and causing him to miss a game before returning for the final two weeks of the season.

According to USA Today, Dr. James Andrews, one of the most renowned sports surgeons on the planet, believes the star rookie should never have re-entered that game against Baltimore before ultimately coming out.

Andrews was actually on the sideline when Griffin was injured, but he claims never to have evaluated Griffin's knee.

"He didn't even let us look at him," Andrews said. "He came off the field, walked through the sidelines, circled back through the players, and took off back to the field. It wasn't our opinion.

"We didn't even get to touch him or talk to him. Scared the hell out of me."

All of this is made further confusing by head coach Mike Shanahan, who says Andrews did in fact look at Griffin's knee and cleared him to back in the game against the Ravens.

"He's on the sidelines with Dr. Andrews. He had a chance to look at him and he said he could go back in," Shanahan said Dec. 10. "(I said) 'Hey, Dr. Andrews, can Robert go back in?'

'Yeah, he can go back in.'

'Robert, go back in.'

"That was it," Shanahan said.

Who's telling the truth and who isn't is anyone's guess, but it's certainly not the story Washington needs coming out at the moment, with such a huge game coming up.

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