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NFL notes: Redskins' Griffin III could have ACL tear

Published January 8, 2013 12:04 am

NFL notes • Tests inconclusive, but officials fear ACL tear.
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An MRI exam of the injured right knee of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III shows that the rookie star may have suffered at least partial tears of two ligaments, according to several people with knowledge of the test results.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that the results of Griffin's MRI were inconclusive and that Griffin would be examined Tuesday by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Florida. That evaluation will attempt to determine whether the MRI results show new injuries to Griffin's anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, or previous injuries, he said.

Griffin tore the ACL in the same knee in 2009 while he was a sophomore at Baylor University.

The picture remains incomplete on how badly the Redskins' star is hurt or how long his recovery might take. But in the 24 hours after Griffin played most of Sunday's playoff loss against the Seattle Seahawks with a clearly reinjured right knee, debate intensified throughout the sports world about whether Shanahan should have pulled his quarterback despite Griffin's demand to stay in the game.

Around the league

Seahawks • Seattle will go forward in the postseason without pass-rushing defensive end Chris Clemons, who suffered a torn ACL and torn meniscus in his left knee in Sunday's win at Washington.

Eagles • Philadelphia has received permission to interview Cincinnati offensive coordinator Jay Gruden for its coaching vacancy. Gruden, the younger brother of Jon Gruden, just finished his second season with the Bengals. He previously served as an offensive assistant on his brother's staff in Tampa Bay from 2002-08.

Niners • Coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that there's a "good chance" that kickers David Akers and Billy Cundiff will be on the roster for Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against Green Bay. The 49ers (11-4-1) signed Cundiff on Jan. 1 to compete for a job with the struggling veteran Akers, who has made just 29 of 42 field goals this season.