RGIII ducks disastrous ACL injury

Posted: December 10, 2012

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was knocked out of Sunday's game vs. the Ravens, sending the fans at FedEx Field - and some would say the entire NFL - into a worried sweat.

As it turned out, the exciting rookie only suffered a sprained right knee. An MRI showed that "everything is clear" in terms of significant ligament damage, said team spokesman Tony Wyllie.

Wyllie said Griffin did not have a major knee injury and ruled out a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament.

About the same time as Wyllie's announcement, Griffin tweeted: "Your positive vibes and prayers worked people!!!! To God be the Glory!"

Griffin tore the ACL in the same knee while at Baylor, causing him to miss most of the 2009 college season.

By medical definition, a sprained knee means that Griffin has some damage in at least one of the several ligaments in his knee. Wyllie said coach Mike Shanahan will give more information about Griffin's status Monday.

By the way, the Redskins knocked off the Ravens, 31-28, in overtime, thanks to backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Yo! A little help here!

Buffalo Bills tight end Lee Smith only had seven career catches before Sunday's home game vs. the Rams, so you can forgive him if he doesn't know how to act after scoring a touchdown.

After all, it was the second-year man's first touchdown reception in the NFL, a nifty 2-yarder from quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

After his moment in the sun finally arrived, Smith turned to the fans in the end zone and went for a Lambeau Leap. Except he was in Orchard Park, N.Y., where the fans aren't really used to celebrating touchdowns.

Smith took a flying backward leap into the stands - and fell straight through to the seats when nobody caught him.

Here's to hoping he gets another chance to show off and to hoping fans in Buffalo know their part.

NFC East surprises

It's hard to get excited about the NFC East nowadays, especially when it appears to be such a lackluster division.

But for one brief moment Sunday, the NFC East became the lords of excitement. Here's proof:

The Cowboys eked out a 20-19 win over the Bengals on a last-second field goal.

The Redskins beat the Ravens in overtime behind Cousins' heroics.

The Giants absolutely pulverized the Saints, 52-27.

And, perhaps best of all, the Eagles won a thriller against the Buccaneers on a Nick Foles 1-yard TD pass for Jeremy Maclin with two seconds remaining.

Smith close to record

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith added two sacks to his league-leading total Sunday in the 49ers' win over the Dolphins. His 191/2 sacks for the year passed Fred Dean's franchise record of 171/2 set in 1983.

Smith also moved within three sacks of Michael Strahan's seasonal NFL record set in 2001 with the New York Giants.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services.

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