PPI EXCLUSIVE: On January 8, the NFL Players Association made an informal inquiry to the Washington Redskins and medical staff in response to discrepancies in media reports about the team’s handling of an injury sustained by quarterback Robert Griffin, III.
NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said, “playing through pain is a harsh reality of our business and our union will always hold the League and the clubs accountable to the best medical care. Our thoughts are with Robert as he recovers from his surgery and we hope he returns to full strength.”
The NFLPA confirmed that Dr. James Andrews and the Washington Redskins medical staff provided a report detailing the process of review on the sideline. According to Dr. Thom Mayer, the union found Dr. Andrews and the Redskins medical staff “gracious, generous and timely” in their supplying of the information requested.
While Dr. Mayer confirmed that report satisfied the NFLPA’s initial informal inquiry, he was careful to distinguish the results of the treatment provided with the ongoing debate about the decision made by the coaching staff to play Griffin III while he was hurt. “The quality of medical care [Griffin] ultimately received is only one part of this,” Mayer said, but he was reluctant to comment beyond that.
According to the NFLPA, no further action is planned.