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Redskins email report excerpt: Gannon on RG3 recovery | WashingtonExaminer.com
"He’s smart enough to know that the speed of the game is different," Gannon said for my email report. "The type of athlete you’re playing against – ends and linebackers can really run and bring you down in awkward body positions. He has to protect himself outside the pocket and in the boundary and in the red zone and trying to dive for a touchdown or first down. You learn that there are things you can do differently. That’s something, yeah, he’ll have to change but at the same time they don’t have to scrap the offense. They can do a lot of the same things they did. He can still be an explosive player."

NFLPA nears decision on demanding investigation of Robert Griffin III’s injury
DeMaurice Smith, the union’s executive director, told ESPN earlier this week that the union had initiated formal investigations of teams’ handling of injuries on "at least three occasions" under the CBA, which was completed in 2011. Smith said in that televised interview that the union was looking into Griffin’s injury because "there was enough of an inconsistency or a question about whether the process of evaluating the player occurred, whether he was cleared to play, not cleared to play." Of the condition of the field, Atallah said Thursday: "The coaching staff and players for both teams have spoken out against the quality of the field during Sunday’s game. We would hope that significant improvements would be made."

Tim Hightower empathizes with Robert Griffin III
"Every ACL is not the same. It is, but it’s not, a protocol," said Hightower, who now regrets his decision to decline the Redskins’ offer to place him on Physically Unable to Perform List at the start of training camp so he could have rehabbed at a more gradual pace. "They go in there and find out what other things are or are not, or have or have not been compromised, different ligaments, cartilage. It’s about understanding where you are, what happened to your body and where you are. The most important part mentally, was forming a team of people around you that you trust, who have been through this, who have helped you come back from it, who have seen variations of what could go wrong, different things that go right.

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Casserly: Cousins is a solid backup plan | CSN Washington
Although there is much uncertainty surrounding the injury to Robert Griffin III and the timetable for his return, former NFL executive Charley Casserly said the Redskins are fortunate in one regard. "You’ve already got your contingency plan: Kirk Cousins," said Casserly, who served as general manager in Washington and Houston and currently works as an analyst for NFL Network. "They are covered. I think they feel that if they went with Cousins, and Rex [Grossman] as a backup, that’s a good situation."

RG3's knee surgery included medial meniscus repair - Washington Times
Robert Griffin III had the medial meniscus in his right knee surgically repaired Wednesday as part of the procedure in which orthopedic surgeon James Andrews revised the reconstruction of the ACL and repaired the torn LCL in Griffin’s right knee.

Robert Griffin III has a knee to repair, and a mind-set to hone - The Washington Post
"But you can’t expect him to turn it on and off," Fletcher said. "He’s going to do whatever he thinks he has to do to win." That was evident after Griffin gave lip service to playing it safe earlier in the season. Following a concussion, Griffin promised his family, teammates and coaches he would play smarter. That lasted a few games. Griffin’s knee injury occurred late in the season when he ran into the teeth of Baltimore’s defense in an attempt to gain more yards, instead of heading toward the sideline or sliding. He simply can’t do that anymore. That’s what Griffin’s body is screaming at him.

Redskins name change should be discussed, Vincent Gray says
"I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt there’s going to have to be a discussion about that," he said after a news conference, "and of course the team is going to have to work with us around that issue." Gray noted that many sports team — including the Washington Bullets — have discarded offensive names and/or mascots. "I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team … and see if a change should be made," he said. "There’s a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing."

Shea on Shanahan: "You just can’t see it on the sideline."
For all of the criticism that Redskins Head Coach and Executive VP Mike Shanahan has endured during and since Sunday’s NFC Wild-Card loss to the...

Cousins For 'Never Say Never' Moment Of Year
Redskins QB Kirk Cousins won the NFL 'Never Say Never' award for the Redskins' Week 14 win over Baltimore. Now help him win the 'Never Say Never' Moment of the Year!

2012: Rise of the Redskins (Video)
2012 was a special year to be a fan of the Washington Redskins. Many records were shattered as the Redskins had their best offensive numbers in years.

Morning Pixels: Fran Tarkenton on Mike Shanahan and RGIII

Pro Wrestler Goldberg's NFL Playoff Picks: 49ers, Falcons, Broncos, Patriots | 4th & Pain with Adam Carriker and Chuck Carroll
Goldberg joins the fray to make picks on the second week of the NFL playoffs. He finished dead last last weekend and is seeking redemption. Also, Adam Carriker and Chuck Carroll discuss what's in store for the Washington Redskins this offseason.

Lake Lewis and Washington Redskins TE Niles Paul from Bellator Sports Memorabilia in Leesburg VA | Sports Journey Broadcast Network

Dr. Andrews: Robert Griffin III wants to start rehab now - NFL.com
"Well, we talk about ACL reconstructive procedures -- [it's] one of our best operations we do in sports, as far as the overall results," he said. "Ninety-five percent, is just a figure that comes out of the head right now, success rate. That's across the board. NFL Honors Vote for the top 10 plays of the 2012 season. More ... "Now, if you take an NFL running back that's got to depend on his knee function probably at the highest level, there's about 55 percent of them that are still playing football after what we would call a successful ACL surgery, about 55 percent still playing actively in the NFL after two years. "So is that a failure of the ACL surgery? No, that's a failure of that running back losing a step and losing the ability to cut on a dime and is not able to play. So it's not as rosy as what it might look, as you go up the ladder to try to play football professionally after an ACL operation."

DeAngelo Hall: "It Will Be A Miracle" If Robert Griffin III Is Ready For Start Of 2013 Season | NBC4 Washington
"I hope Robert [Griffin III] is back on the field next year, trust me, but it will be a miracle if he's back by Opening Day and I definitely don't think that's going to happen," Hall told ESPN's Josina Anderson Thursday. "It's interesting the way the ball drops. I want him back on the field like everybody else, but we have to be realistic and he has to be safe. [Former Redskins running back] Tim Hightower tore his ACL in Week [7 of the 2011 season] and he wasn't back for the [2012 regular season] and we ended up having to cut him. That was almost a year. [Vikings running back Adrian Peterson] tore his Week 16 against us but he's back in time for the start of this season. It just depends. It just varies. Now you consider that Robert tore the same ACL twice, so it could take longer and be harder to come back from. [Peterson] is just a freak of nature. There's no way around that one.

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