Robert Griffin III, here taking a hit in the second quarter, got knocked out for the the final 5:43 with an injured left knee, but doesn’t anticipate missing any time. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that Robert Griffin III’s left knee is “fine” but a little sore the day after Denver defensive lineman Terrance Knighton landed on it and forced the quarterback out of the game.

Knighton hit Griffin as the quarterback unleashed a pass and drove him into the ground before landing on top of him. The hit left Griffin writhing on the ground in pain. After being tended to by trainers, Griffin gingerly walked off the field and then was examined by team doctors behind the bench. Griffin got up, walked around and watched the remaining 5:43 of the game from the sideline. Kirk Cousins took his place and threw two interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown.

Griffin said that the injury “scared” him initially, but that it turned out that the 335-pound Knighton falling on that leg caused pain, but no structural damage.

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Griffin, who didn’t walk with a limp following the game, said that he could have returned to action if necessary, but that Shanahan and the team’s doctors decided to hold him out as a precaution.

Shanahan said on Monday that Griffin hadn’t had any setbacks.

“Talking to [one of the team doctors], Chris [Annunziata] this morning, I feel just like I said after the game,” Shanahan said. “Knee is fine. A little bit sore right now. That’s about it.”

Shanahan said he didn’t anticipate the injury would keep Griffin out of practice on Wednesday.

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