Chances of being hit
By play type

70%
of 70 plays

Designed run Keeper or
zone read

36%
of 50 plays

Scramble Running on pass play

20%
of 423 plays

In the pocket

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Hits per
game

Griffin was hit on a third of the plays in Week 3 against the Bengals. He was sacked five times and fumbled three times, once for a turnover.

Second injury

Dec. 9: Haloti Ngata of the Baltimore Ravens tackles Griffin with two minutes remaining. Griffin left the field with a sprained right knee, came back briefly, then left the game for good a few plays later.

Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo comes through the line untouched on a blitz.

Griffin breaks out of the pocket to run for a first down, eluding three defenders.

Ngata catches Griffin, and the collision causes Griffin’s knee to whip violently.

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GAME 1

STL

2

CIN

3

TB

4

ATL

5

MIN

6

NYG

7

PIT

8

CAR

9

PHI

10

DAL

11

NYG

12

BAL

13

CLE

14

PHI

15

DAL

16

SEA

PLAYOFFS

First injury

Oct. 7: In the clearest example of how he could — but didn’t — protect himself from injury, Griffin scrambled out of the pocket instead of safely running out of bounds and took a big hit from Atlanta linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Griffin suffered a concussion and had to leave the game.

Griffin drops back to pass as his receivers scatter into the end zone.

John Abraham (#55) disrupts Griffin's rhythm, forcing him out of the pocket to the right.

Griffin turns upfield into the defense and loses his footing as Weatherspoon delivers the blow.

PHOTO CREDITS:
Baltimore: Nick Wass/AP; Atlanta: Evan Vucci/AP; Seattle: L. Todd Spencer/AP/The Virginian-Pilot, John McDonnell/The Washington Post.

SOURCES: John Keim, NFL. GRAPHIC: Wilson Andrews, Keith McMillan, Mitch Rubin and James Smallwood - The Washington Post.

Third injury

Jan. 6: Early in his first NFL playoff game, Griffin rolled out of the pocket looking for a receiver in the end zone. As Seattle defenders pursued him, he planted his right foot to throw, but his knee gave way and he fell to the ground, immediately throwing off his helmet in pain.

As the offense shifts to the left on a misdirection play, Griffin rolls out right.

Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith is the first to react on defense and pursues Griffin.

Griffin spots receiver Pierre Garcon in the end zone and throws just before Smith can reach him.

Final play

On second and 22 from the Redskins’ 12, with 6 minutes 25 seconds left in the game, Griffin was in the pistol formation, the backfield otherwise empty. The snap from center Will Montgomery was low and to the left, and when Griffin bent to pick it up, his knee gave way. Griffin had surgery to repair two ligaments in his right knee just three days later.