The Washington Redskins and head coach Mike Shanahan have already been second-guessed over the handling of Robert Griffin III’s injury ad nauseam in DC. But that may end up being the least of their worries.
According to the Washington Post, the NFLPA is currently is gathering information regarding how Griffin III’s was handled and whether or not the Redskins disregarded recommendations from doctors. And depending on the information they receive, they may demand a formal investigation of the Redskin’s handling of the injury.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the union’s focus is whether the Redskins followed the recommendations of their medical staff about when to play Griffin. The union’s probe does not focus on coaching decisions made by Mike Shanahan, other than the issue of whether he followed the recommendations of doctors, the person said.
According to that person, the union has sought information going back to the Dec. 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens, when Griffin originally suffered his LCL sprain on a hit by Haloti Ngata.
“Our medical director, Dr. Thom Mayer, has been in contact with the Redskins and has asked for a report on Robert Griffin III’s medical diagnosis and treatment,” George Atallah, the union’s assistant executive director of external affairs, said by telephone Thursday.
Under the CBA, the league and union have a joint committee on player safety and welfare. The CBA gives the union the right “to commence an investigation before the Joint Committee if the NFLPA believes that the medical care of a team is not adequately taking care of player safety.”
Red flags were raised regarding the handling of the injury when team doctor James Andrews told USA Today that he never clear Griffin to go back into the game against the Ravens.