This story was picked up by PFT this morning through USA Today.
This concerns me on multiple levels. While I am of the opinion that players know there bodies and should be allowed to make some medical calls themselves...this is the face of the franchise we are talking about. Another thing that bothers me about it, is why the hell is Dr. Andrews talking publicly about this? It's horrible timing for anything to come out before this game...especially the morning of. One quote that scares the hell out of me is:
"I'm the one that shut him down that day, finally," Andrews said. "I've been a nervous wreck letting him come back as quick as he has. He's doing a lot better this week, but he's still recovering and I'm holding my breath because of it.
"He passed all the tests and all the functional things we do, but it's been a trying moment for me, to be honest with you."
When you combine that with the fact that Dr. Andrews also, basically, called Shannahan a liar by stating:
"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."
Shannahan's response post game was:
"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.
What are we, as fans, supposed to believe? Is it that big of a deal? I don't know, but I am now more worried than ever about Griffin in this game! Seattle brings a physical defense in to town today. Hopefully this train keeps rolling and this story doesn't pick up too much steam! HTTR!