LANDOVER, Md.—After the Redskins' 24-14 playoff loss to the Seahawks, Washington's players and head coach talked about the "difference between being injured and being hurt," the importance of being there for your teammates, and how, in the words of Robert Griffin III, "you have to step up and be a man sometimes." This is the way the NFL talks about a player who came into the game with an injured knee, hurt it again in the first quarter, and finally left the field for good after twisting that same knee again in FedExField's chewed-up brown turf. Though Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan will surely get barraged with questions about what and when he knew about his quarterback's injuries, this litany of post-game clichés reveals why, so long as there is pro football, there will also be players jeopardizing their health as coaches stand by and let them. In the minds of the men on the field and the ones on the sidelines wearing headsets, this was not medical malpractice. It was playoff football. More » 337 days
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