In this day and age of retired players suing the NFL for bazillions of dollars over health issues, you would think that teams would do everything in their power to ensure maximum safety at all times. Not so. For the most recent example of folks apparently prioritizing possibly winning a single game over the long-term wellbeing of individual players, look no further than Dec. 9’s showdown between the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens.
In that game, you will recall, Robert Griffin III was forced out of the game after taking a particularly brutal-looking hit. He would return one play later.
(via The Big Lead)
On the Monday following that outing, Mike Shanahan was asked why he permitted his superstar quarterback’s return.
"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 (via USA Today). "(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.
Dr. Andrews, for his part, doesn’t remember the conversation going anything like that.
"(Griffin) 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."
This is undoubtedly not the first time a head coach brazenly (and without hesitation) lied to the media about his player’s injury; it does speak volumes, however, about how little all of these upper level figures value their guys – even if they’re superstars.