‘Miscommunication’ led to Robert Griffin III covering up his knee brace

September 11, 2013

Here’s Robert Griffin III’s knee brace before Monday night’s game started. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Updated 1:01 p.m., 2:16 p.m.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III did not have to cover up the knee brace on his surgically repaired right knee as he was told during the game.

According to a league spokesman official, who spoke on the condition he not be identified, there was a “miscommunication,” and Griffin did not violate any league policy by wearing the knee brace outside of his pants and sock.

Griffin opened the game with the brace on the outside of his pants and sock, just as he did last season. But midway through the second quarter, the league uniform inspector at the game called down to Washington’s sideline informing the team that Griffin needed to wear the brace under his uniform.

Robert Griffin III
Here’s Griffin’s brace later in the game. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

“Everybody in the league kept calling down to our sideline saying I need to cover the brace up,” Griffin said Monday night. ”I don’t understand that one, but that’s why we have to continue to do some stuff to cover the brace up. The brace just looked bigger because they kept putting stuff over it.”

Griffin does not have to cover the brace going forward.

The league also did not look into whether Redskins players faked injury to slow down the pace of the Eagles’ offensive attack without using a timeout, a person with knowledge of the situation said.

Defensive ends Kedric Golston and Chris Baker at two separate times had to be helped off the field with cramps. When Golston got hurt, Eagles players were heard saying, “He’s faking, he’s faking.”

The Eagles didn’t complain to the league after the game, and the league didn’t see anything suspicious about the timing of the cramps.

Staff writer Mark Maske also contributed to this report.

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● The Redskins practice at 1 p.m on Wednesday. Robert Griffin III, London Fletcher and Mike Shanahan speak with reporters afterward.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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