NFL medical committee not contemplating changes to injury protocol based on Griffin case

Dr. James Andrews  said while Robert Griffin III is way ahead of schedule, his goal is to ensure that Griffin doesn't return to action prematurely. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Redskins’ handling of the knee injury suffered by Robert Griffin III isn’t leading to immediate changes in NFL’s injury protocol (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

The NFL’s health and safety advisory committee has not given consideration this offseason to changing the sport’s non-concussion injury protocol in response to the Redskins’ handling of the knee injury suffered by quarterback Robert Griffin III, the committee’s chairman said.

After the Redskins were criticized for the manner in which they dealt with Griffin’s injury, there was speculation that there might be consideration given by the league and the NFL Players Association this offseason to changing the sport’s guidelines for dealing with injuries. Some within the league thought it was possible the sport’s more rigid protocols for evaluating a player suspected of having suffered a concussion might be applied to other injuries as well.

But San Francisco 49ers owner John York, the chairman of the health and safety advisory committee, said Tuesday at the annual league meeting in Phoenix there has been no discussion of such a change.

“We haven’t really addressed that,” York said. “I don’t know whether we should address that. And I don’t have enough details about the RGIII injury and how it was handled or any of those things. So… I’m speaking about things that are too hypothetical. I’m not trying to avoid you. But it’s too hypothetical.”

 

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