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Fans' opinion mixed on Redskins' decision to not pull RGIII out of game

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Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Quarterback Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan and Quarterback Robert Griffin III
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The decision by Washington Redskins' coaches not to pull quarterback Robert Griffin III before it appeared that he seriously reinjured his banged up right knee late during Sunday's home playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks was the talk of the sports world Monday.

"I think they should have pulled him out at the end of the first quarter because he looked hurt," said one fan before she left FedEx Field Sunday night.

"It's easy in hindsight to say it was just one play too many," said another fan after the game.

It was also the question being asked by sports talk radio hosts all across the county.

"Should he have stayed in the game or should he have been pulled by [head coach] Mike Shanahan?" asked Kevin Sheehan, host of The Sports Fix on Rockville, Md.-based ESPN980.

"We might have won that game had they done the right thing," said one caller.

"I think he should have been pulled," added another.

"He tells you: 'I'm the captain. I know the difference between being injured and being hurt. I'm going to lead us to victory.' And I don't know how you put that on Mike Shanahan," said Sheehan on the air.

"(Shanahan) made a decision and he stuck with it," said another frustrated caller. "And I'm just tired of these Monday morning quarterbacks."

On the streets of Silver Spring Monday, there was more talk about the knee.

"When I saw that he was limping, I was just like, 'No way,"' says physical therapist Mavis Kubi. "You guys have got to take him out because you don't want to risk him hurting it even further, and then rehab will be much harder for him."

"Well, it's always up to the player," said Redskins fan Edward Arter. "I mean, he's worked pretty hard to get there. I think maybe he should have had a little bit more consideration, but you know how it is. The adrenaline of the game. He just wants to win. He wants to be a part of it. So, I'm not faulting him for it."

"I guess it depends on the situation," said Lauren Messina, a self-proclaimed Ravens fan. "I know playoff games are kind of a different deal. If you don't win, you're kind of out for the season. At the same time, it's a player. It's a person's health. So if you keep him in and it gets worse, I mean it could hurt your team in the future if he's permanently injured or something that takes a lot to recover from. So I personally would have pulled him."

"It also affected his throwing because that was his plant leg," said John Burns. "So he missed a couple of passes, and I'm fairly sure he missed them because he couldn't plant that leg. I think he hurt the team."


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