Head coach Mike Shanahan said today that Griffin will be provided with more max protect packages and that he has been instructed to slide or run out of bounds when leaving the pocket to avoid contact. The team will also use one of its 11 offensive positions to put an emergency medical technician on the field for every possession.
“Her name is Tara and she’s a mother of three,” said Shanahan. “Nice lady. She’s a diehard fan, too, so she’ll definitely want what’s best for Robert and the team.”
Shanahan acknowledged that essentially playing one man down on every offensive snap “could cause some matchup problems,” but insisted that “getting a player of Robert’s caliber on the field and keeping him healthy is worth it.” The team is also requiring several of its offensive regulars to undergo EMT training in hopes of eventually replacing Tara on the field.
“I’m a few months away from getting my certificate,” said receiver Pierre Garcon. “But it could be huge for us in the playoffs if I can be on the field to catch passes and also there to give Robert immediate attention when a limb comes off or whatever. Getting him good treatment right away is the key to getting him healthy and back on the field again fast.”
The Redskins will also have a medical emergency helicopter running on the sidelines at all times to get Griffin flown to a trauma center when he requires medical care beyond what the team EMT can provide in the huddle. Dr. James Andrews will also be scrubbed in and waiting in an operating room during all games.
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