“I’m genuinely concerned, not only from a football standpoint but a humanitarian standpoint,” Carter said. “I have mood swings: One minute I think he should have played, the next minute I’m like, ‘How could you let him play?’ ”
At Ben’s Chili Bowl on U Street NW, Tal Roberts and Rudolph Kelly sat down for a hot dog lunch. The former friends, both 81, hadn’t seen each other in 35 years, but the talk was still The Knee.
“[Redskins head coach Mike] Shanahan threw him under the bus,” declared Roberts, a retired stockbroker.
“If RGIII had been Shanahan’s son,” Roberts said, “and he was hurt in the first quarter, Shanahan would have taken him out.”
Kelly kept nodding.
As the men left Ben’s, they passed Pat Mitchell, 65, of Columbia Heights, who was sitting in her friend’s car, a Redskins flag fluttering on the roof.
On Tuesday night, Mitchell recalled, as she lay in bed and watched the news about Griffin’s surgery, she closed her eyes and prayed.
“Oh Lord,” she said, “please put your hands on RGIII and the doctors so that his surgery will go well and his healing will go fast.”
At Regency Furniture in Brandywine, sales associates were clustered near the front door, between a bunching curio cabinet and a sofa-love seat combo. The talk at the Prince George’s County store was not exclusively about Griffin’s surgery; they also discussed the poor condition of the field Sunday, the quality of the team doctor and the culpability of the coaching staff.
“We should have pulled RGIII when we were up 14-0,” James Morrow maintained.
Antoine Craft disagreed. “I don’t think we should have pulled him,” he said.
A Dallas Cowboys fan from the store’s sales staff rushed past, providing a momentary diversion.
“Hey, Dallas,” Craft called. “We’re the NFC East champs. And RGIII is coming back.”
“I heard he’s not coming back next year,” Morrow fretted.
“I think it’s a six- to eight-month recovery,” Craft said.
Manager Fela Fuller said Griffin’s injured leg has been a constant topic in recent weeks.
“It’s either the debt ceiling or RG-Knee,” said Fuller. “I’m more worried about the debt ceiling.”
In that, he may have been alone.
David Nakamura contributed to this report.