Kedric Golston reacts to RG3's knee surgery
While there’s no consensus when it comes to who deserves the blame for Robert Griffin III’s injury, veteran Kedric Golston defended both Mike Shanahan and his quarterback, saying both are facing “unfair” criticism from fans and media.
Robert “said he was fine, and as a coach and as another man, that’s all you can go off of,” Golston said at his home Wednesday afternoon. “You see him limping. You know he’s not 100 percent. But if the guy says he can go out and play, you have to trust him. Hindsight is always 20-20 and people want to blame it on somebody. We play a violent game, and this is part of it.”
In the three days since Griffin was injured, Shanahan and the team’s medical staff have been roundly criticized for allowing the rookie to remain in Sunday’s season-ending playoff loss to the Seahawks, despite ample evidence that he had aggravated a previously sprained LCL and was playing in pain.
Golston, though, said it’s not that simple. Playing hurt is part of the game, and he pointed to Trent Williams and London Fletcher as examples.
“That’s the type of mindset you need to have a successful season,” Golston said. “I know people are getting on Robert, saying he should have pulled himself out. But you don’t really know. There’s a fine line between sanity and insanity out there on the football field. You can’t really explain it if you unless you’ve experienced it.”
He added: “It’s unfair for people to speculate on what Robert should have [done]. And Coach Shanahan, he just made the best educated guess. He listened to the player, and that’s what you have to do. He trusts us as men. It’s unfortunate.”
Golston also said the news that Griffin required surgery on the LCL and ACL in his right knee Wednesday morning and could be sidelined for the majority of the offseason – and perhaps longer – is a blow to a franchise that had suddenly found itself on the rise. Now, he added, the team can only hope for Griffin’s speedy recovery.
“I think everyone is disappointed,” Golston said. “Your heart, thoughts and prayers go out to Robert. He’s an amazing young man. He’s the type of guy that’s going to bounce back from it and put all the work in that he needs to.”
He continued: “I got total faith in Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan and our [doctors], and none of them wanted to get Robert hurt. All of them hate that this happened. If they would have known this was going to happen, of course they wouldn’t have put him out there to play. They were just going off what they felt was best for him and the organization.”