Speaking with reporters in Denver on Saturday, the NFL's commissioner said it was a "medical decision" to play Griffin when he appeared injured.
DENVER — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he doesn’t have a problem with the way Washington’s medical staff handled Robert Griffin III’s knee injury.
Nevertheless, he’s anticipating changes in the way injuries not affecting the head are evaluated on the sideline.
Griffin had reconstructive ACL surgery Wednesday after reinjuring his right knee in last Sunday’s playoff loss to the Seahawks. He also strained a ligament in the knee last month against Baltimore.
Washington coach Mike Shanahan has been questioned for keeping Griffin in the game after it was clear the quarterback was hurt, but Goodell said it was a “medical decision” and noted Griffin had no problem with it, either.
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“Now, people can argue whether it was the wrong decision, but it was a medical decision and that’s what we want it to be,” said Goodell, who was in Denver for the Ravens-Broncos playoff game.
“Will we make further changes? Yeah, I would anticipate we will. We’ll always look at that and try to see what else we can do to make sure the proper medical attention is being given.”
Goodell also said the league is looking into the poor playing conditions at FedEx Field last week, when Seattle’s Chris Clemons was also injured, tearing the ACL in his left knee.
Around the league
• Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson and Houston’s J.J. Watt were unanimous choices for The Associated Press All-Pro team, announced Saturday.
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• The Kansas City Chiefs hired longtime Packers personnel man John Dorsey to replace the fired Scott Pioli as their general manager.
Dorsey was the director of college scouting from 2000 to 2012 and spent last year as the director of football operations.
• Indianapolis Colts special-teams coordinator Marwan Maalouf will not be back on coach Chuck Pagano’s staff next season.