Robert Griffin III's knee worries Dr. James Andrews

  • By Kareem Copeland
  • Updated: Jan. 6, 2013 at 09:49 a.m.

World-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews is worried about the knee of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. He has been since RG3 took a nasty hit in the narrow win against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9.

"I'm the one that shut him down that day, finally," Andrews told USA Today. "I've been a nervous wreck letting him come back as quick as he has. He's doing a lot better this week, but he's still recovering and I'm holding my breath because of it.

"He passed all the tests and all the functional things we do, but it's been a trying moment for me, to be honest with you."

Andrews was on the field that day and there is a dispute as to how the injury was originally handled. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Andrews cleared RG3 to return. Andrews said that didn't happen. Griffin went back in for four plays before shutting it down.

"He 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."

Griffin has been forced to wear a bulky brace after he missed one game in Week 15. This was the second time Shanahan has been questioned about the handling of a Griffin injury. The Redskins were fined $25,000 after saying Griffin was "shaken up" in Week 5 when he really sustained a concussion.

Andrews' worries are understandable. The Redskins sold everything but their souls for the right to draft the quarterback No. 2 overall in 2012. And RG3's one of the most dynamic players ever to enter the NFL with an unlimited ceiling -- if things go right. Some would argue he's already amongst the most popular player in franchise history.

Andrews said he is responsible for making sure Griffin is OK for the next 15 years. I'd be worried too.