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Redskins & Dr. James Andrews: “You’re Almost Scared to Examine Them.”

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Following the reconstructive surgery performed on Robert Griffin III’s right knee on Wednesday, the renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews released some half-ass statement through the team that offered the expected blah, blah, blah.

On Thursday, however, Andrews hit the airwaves on a SiriusXM radio channel that focuses on health and medical issues. Andrews talked to them at length ( approx. 40 minutes ) about a number of different topics, one of which was the surgery he performed on the Redskins 22-year old quarterback earlier in the week.

Didn’t know there was a health and medical channel on XM? Yeah, me neither.

Thanks to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post and his blog, DC Sports Bog, a large chunk of Andrews’ conversation regarding RG3 and the surgery was made available.

Well, I really can’t talk specifically about an injury from just the privacy act of that young man’s career, but obviously I had to operate on his knee [Wednesday]. And it’s a shame, but he had a re-injury to his ACL. He’s already waiting on me this morning to start his rehab and start his recovery. A fine young man and a great talent. We’re looking forward to trying to get him back, ready for next season. That’s about the gist of it.

Two things go through my head following this statement: 1.) Andrews annoys me, and I’m sure it has everything to do with the confusion and hoopla surrounding my beloved quarterback’s injury. Ever since the Baltimore game, I’ve developed this problem with the old man that continues to grow. I’d like to trip Andrews from behind. Or throw a penny at the back of his head in a crowded room and watch from afar, laughing hysterically as he looks around to see who threw it. 2.) Of course Griffin is ready to get his rehab started. This young man is a warrior. But I’ll be honest, that full-speed-ahead-all-the-time mentality scares me when we’re talking about such a significant injury and delicate rehabilitation process.

Andrews then touched on the confusion that was present on the sidelines during that Baltimore game when Griffin initally went down with the right knee injury — apparently a Grade 1 LCL sprain.

Well, he came off the sidelines, he walked off the field, we saw he was injured. The assistant trainer went out to get him and helped escort him [off the field]. And he went into the first part of the box right off the field, didn’t take his helmet off, walked through a bunch of players there. We were, of course, in the background, in the back of the box. He walked right through 20 or 30 feet, and went back out on the field, and threw two passes and then fell down.

Uhmm, alright.

So we didn’t get to see him, we didn’t get to touch him. I think [Mike Shanahan] asked us was he cleared, was he ready. And basically we said, well, he’s back running again, he ran out on the field, so we hope he’s ok. I don’t know whether we told [Shanahan] we didn’t get to see him, but he appeared to be okay. We would have had to call timeout and go out and get him, but he looked like he was okay.

See what I mean about the tripping and penny tossing? Is this guy ‘effin serious? You’re the top sports orthopedist in the country and a very wealthy team owner pays you a gazillion dollars ( I’m assuming ) to do what you do best, catering to a specific team for three or four hours on a Sunday. Why in the hell are you “hoping he’s ok” instead of knowing he’s okay?

That caused quite a bit of confusion on the sidelines. It was poor communication. Then we finally got him two plays, three plays later, back again off the field and on the examining table so we could determine that yes, you hurt your knee a little bit, you’re out of the game. And then that communication went up directly. That’s the heat of the battle, things like that happen, and then communication breaks down because the player never came through there and stopped to let us even look at him, much less talk to him and examine him.

Heat of the battle? Who are you, Kellen Winslow? This is football, doc. Not Iraq. There’s at least 60 years of combined experience between Andrews and Shanahan in their respective fields of expertise and there’s no signs of any protocol, of any sort, anywhere?

Just don’t have that communication down pat yet, huh? Haven’t gone through any situations like that ol’ Baltimore game in 2012, right?

And then things got interesting when Andrews — and I don’t doubt him on this — somewhat described professional football players as wild animals that present the chance of causing a riot on the sidelines.

Matter of fact, I’ve seen some NFL players, you’re almost scared to try to examine them. You’re afraid they’ll turn around and hit you or something, because they’re in this crisis mode, like, what happened to me? So you have to cool ‘em off, let ‘em walk down through the box and sit down by themselves, and then gradually go get them to take care of them.

As Dr. Andrews likes to imply, it’s a battlefield down there.


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