Shaquem Griffin received a text from his mom following the Seattle Seahawks preseason finale against the Oakland Raiders.
"Are you OK?' the text read.
Griffin was confused. Why wouldn't he be OK? He had yet to see Pete Carroll's postgame comments.
Carroll indicated to reporters that Griffin had reaggravated the lingering knee injury that kept the linebacker out of two preseason games. He indicated that's why Griffin, who played a few snaps on special teams against Oakland, never saw a rep on defense.
"(His knee injury) has persisted some, so we’ll see," Carroll said. "I think we’re going to get him checked out again, tested again, MRI him again, just to make sure we know what’s going on. It’s been a little bit different injury than a normal knee injury. He got hit on it. We thought bruised early on, but it just hasn’t gotten well fast enough for us."
Those remarks led many, myself included, to believe that Griffin was destined for short-term Injured Reserve.
According to Griffin, that was all much ado about nothing. He suffered no setback, and his knee is just fine. Apparently the defensive coaches told him his night was over in the first half in order to get rookies extra reps. Somehow in the game of telephone, Carroll caught wind that shutting Griffin down was injury related.
Griffin told NBC Sports Northwest that he is "full-go" and ready for the Seahawks regular season opener on Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals. Assuming he's active, he'll have a sizeable role on Seattle's coverage units.