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SPEAK OUT: Should Shanahan Have Pulled RGIII?

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's knee gave way in Sunday's playoff game, raising questions about the decision to keep him in.

It's the talk of the Washington water cooler this morning: Should RGIII have stayed in?

For those who missed Sunday's wild card matchup at FedEx Field between the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks, suffice it to say that it was not a happy affair for the Burgundy and Gold.

After building up a 14-0 lead against the red hot Seahawks, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III appeared to aggravate a lingering right knee injury incurred against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9.

Though the signal-caller showed signs of pain and limited mobility, Griffin reportedly told Coach Mike Shanahan he was still up to the task. Shanahan evidently agreed, keeping his starter in the game even as a total lack of production by the 'Skins offense helped the Seahawks nab a 21-14 lead.

Then things got worse.

In the fourth quarter, Griffin—pressed up against his own goal line—reached awkwardly for a bungled snap. His heavily-braced knee gave way in horrifying fashion, and the rookie sensation crumpled to the ground, where he stayed for several minutes as Redskins personnel tended to him.

Griffin eventually limped off the field, but his day was clearly over. Despite the efforts of backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, the Redskins' promising season came to a close minutes later in a 24-14 loss.

So where do you stand on the question of RGIII? Should Shanahan have pulled him sooner? Was he right to take Griffin's word on his condition? And does the grounds crew deserve any blame for the situation, given the apparently choppy condition of the field? Let us know in the comments!

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