Dr. Phillip Omohundro, Orthopedic Surgeon of Silver Spring, Md., Feels RG3 Should Have Been Benched After Struggling On Sunday

6:13 PM, Jan 7, 2013   |    comments
  • Robert Griffin III attempts a pass during the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks (Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Doctor Phillip Omohundro is a noted orthopedic surgeon with an extensive sports rehab facility in Silver Spring. He watched RG3 struggle in the second half against the Seahawks on Sunday as both a  doctor and longtime Redskins fan.

Doctor "O" says he felt the superstar quarterback should have been replaced in the game because he could no longer run or pass after the injury to his already damaged knee.

In other words, this doctor, who has treated countless athletes for the same type injury, felt RG3 was ineffective and the Skins could have brought in Kirk Cousins with his healthy set of legs.

Along the District's "U street" corridor on Monday, the sentiments were the same.  "He didn't trust his own knee so why would you trust his decision to stay in the game," said Maurice Harcum, a manager at Ben's Chili Bowl and a diehard Redskins fan.

I put the question to my Facebook and Twitter followers. roughly 90 percent disagree with Coach Mike Shanahan's decision to go with RG3's insistence that he stay in the game.  

Shanahan won two Super Bowl games with John Elway as his QB. On Sunday he trusted  the 22-year-old QB phenom Robert Griffin to find a way to win, much as he had won the previous must-win games against the Eagles and Cowboys. 

It didn't happen. I for one can live with the decision to keep Griffin in despite the loss.  Former Redskins tight end Ric "Doc" Walker can too: he says the coach has to trust his QB and to have benched Griffin might have caused lasting trust  problems between the two.

Skins win and it's a different conversation today. Walker says there was plenty blame to go around following the loss. The defense allowed 24 points. A receiver dropped a big toss that could have changed the game.

Let's hope RG3 is fully recovered in time for the start of next season.

By Bruce Johnson WUSA9 and WUSA9.com

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