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Mike Shanahan: RG3 said he could keep going

Wild Card Playoffs - Seattle Seahawks v Washington Redskins

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins is injured as he fumbles a bad snap in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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As you probably imagined, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan faced a lot of questions during his postgame press conference about his decision to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III in Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Seahawks.

Shanahan said that Griffin told him that he was “hurting but not injured” and said he could play at a high level if he remained in the game, something Shanahan said he felt the quarterback earned the right to do this season. Shanahan also said that they wouldn’t have kept Griffin in the game if he felt it wasn’t in his “best interest” to continue playing.

We have no idea about the condition of RG3’s knee, but we’re fairly confident that it isn’t in the best interest in any player determining for himself if he’s healthy enough to play. Shanahan referred to the medical staff clearing Griffin a few times, so it seems things were a bit more involved than just Griffin saying he was okay.

Griffin clearly wasn’t playing at a high level, something Shanahan seemed to admit when he said the offense wasn’t producing enough after he first aggravated the injury in the first quarter. He wasn’t running as he did before the injury and his throwing was poor after that initial knock to the knee.

There’s going to be an MRI on Griffin’s knee this week, so we’ll find out soon whether there was any further damage done on Sunday afternoon.