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Redskins Coach Shanahan says RG3 has mild sprain

  • Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins spikes the ball after a two point conversion to tie the game and force overtime during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins spikes the ball after a two point conversion to tie the game and force overtime during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III kneels on the ground after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III kneels on the ground after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath celebrates the winning field goal with Sav Rocca during overtime of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The Redskins won 31-28. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath celebrates the winning field goal with Sav Rocca during overtime of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The Redskins won 31-28. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. The Redskins won 17-16. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. The Redskins won 17-16. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

  • Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins spikes the ball after a two point conversion to tie the game and force overtime during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III kneels on the ground after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
  • Washington Redskins kicker Kai Forbath celebrates the winning field goal with Sav Rocca during overtime of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012. The Redskins won 31-28. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III celebrates as he leaves the field after an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Monday, Dec. 3, 2012. The Redskins won 17-16. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Sprain for Griffin

Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said yesterday that Robert Griffin III has a mild sprain of a ligament in the right knee and hasn’t been ruled out for the upcoming game against the Cleveland Browns.

Shanahan said the injury is a Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament on the outside of the knee, caused when the rookie quarterback was hit at the end of a scramble late in regulation in the Redskins’ 31-28 overtime win Sunday over the Baltimore Ravens.

Shanahan says Griffin has mild swelling and is receiving treatment multiple times a day.

“He’s definitely not ruled out for the Cleveland game,” Shanahan said.

The LCL is one of four ligaments in the knee. A Grade 1 sprain typically means the ligament is stretched or has some minor tears.

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