White House reacts to RGIII knee injury

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) stays on the ground after injuring his knee in the fourth quarter of the first round NFC playoff game between the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks at FedEd Field in Landover, Md., on Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post) Robert Griffin III  after injuring his knee on Sunday, January 6, 2013. (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday he did not know if President Obama, who has followed the Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's season, had reacted to the star player's post-season-ending knee injury.

But Carney, who is a Redskins fan, said he was watching the game and he called the quarterback's leg injury "painful to watch." 

"I'm not a football coach but it sure seemed like as remarkable a player as he is, he was not in position to continue playing," Carney said at his daily White House briefing.

After reporters chuckled, Carney, who sometimes sits in owner Daniel Snyder's box at FedEx Field, added: "I just got myself in trouble."

Carney said that a day earlier, someone had forwarded him a tweet from the satirical news site The Onion that said Shanahan had cleared Griffin to "carry furniture."

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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