Redskins say no major ligament damage for RG3

UPDATE (7:40 p.m. ET): The Redskins announced Sunday night that Robert Griffin III's knee is "clear," though he does have a knee sprain (which means he has minor ligament damage). Considering he doesn't have a torn ACL or MCL, this is great news for Washington fans.


Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III has been worth everything it cost the Redskins to trade up to take him in April's draft. He's among the league leaders in completion percentage, he's also one of its most dynamic runners, and he gives fans something they haven't had in a very long time: hope.

And on Sunday, it was his legs that got him in trouble (again). During a late fourth-quarter drive, RG3 dropped back to pass, didn't find anybody open, and does what he's done countless times before: took off running. Except this time, Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata -- all 340 pounds of him -- caught Griffin flush with a big hit. The force of the collision caused the quarterback's right leg to whip violently as he went to the ground.

Griffin limped off the field, but returned a few plays later, only to leave the game for good several plays after that. Rookie backup Kirk Cousins led the Redskins on a game-tying touchdown drive (and pulled an RG3 when he ran a quarterback sneak for the two-point conversion) before kicker Kai Forbath won the game in overtime, 31-28.

It's the fourth win in a row for the Redskins, who now sit at 7-6. The biggest concern, however, is whether Griffin will be ready to go next week when the team faces the Browns.

This is possibly encouraging news although coach Mike Shanahan said that Griffin will have an MRI to determine the extent of the damage.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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