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Griffin Has Knee Injury, But Should Be Fine

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin suffered a knee ligament injury in last Saturday's playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, but the injury will not require surgery, team officials said.

Griffin, who underwent an MRI on his injured knee on Monday, expects to be available by late March to begin the team's off-season workout program.

He suffered the injury late in the fourth quarter of the Redskins' 20-10 loss in Seattle. He did not return to the game.

"It was my first knee injury and it really scares you because you don't know what it really is," he said.

If the Redskins had advanced to the NFC Championship game by beating Seattle, it's unlikely that Griffin would have been able to play.

"I just need a month, maybe two months of rest," he said.

Griffin's injury was the only serious injury to come out of last Saturday's game.

Meantime, a number of players could undergo offseason surgery to repair some lingering injuries. Head coach Joe Gibbs emphasized that he wanted players to have any corrective surgery as soon as possible so that they're ready for off-season workouts and mini-camps.

"I'm real anxious that, if we have any type of surgeries for players this year--I think there are a few minor things--I want to get those done right now," Gibbs said. "I talked to the medical team about that. We don't want to put anything off where it would drag on for a while. If there are things that need to be done, our guys are going to get it done in a hurry."

One player who will avoid surgery, despite playing the last few weeks of the season with a myriad of bumps and bruises, is running back Clinton Portis.

"The only maintenance I'm going to get is rest," he said. "I don't need any surgeries."

Portis couldn't resist a joke, though.

"Hopefully, nothing will go wrong when I go on my skydiving tournament," he said, laughing. "But overall, everything's good."

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