Meeting with the media today, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said injured starting QB Robert Griffin III suffered a "mild sprain to his LCL" when he was tackled violently by Baltimore Ravens NT Haloti Ngata late in the fourth quarter of last Sunday's 31-28 overtime Redskins victory at FedEx Field.
Shanahan said the ligament sprain is on the outside of the knee and is a "Grade 1" category of sprain, meaning there is no other structural damage to the knee. Griffin tore the ACL in that same right knee back in 2009k but made a complete recovery and the ACL was undamaged in yesterday's injury.
Shanahan confirmed there is "mild swelling" of the right knee, but he refused to rule Griffin out of Sunday's game in Cleveland against the surging Browns [5-9], who have won three straight games. "When I looked at it on film I thought it would be worse than it was," Shanahan said of the knee injury.
The head coach added the health of Griffin's right knee would be monitored "day-by-day."