The NFL Players' Association has decided against pursuing a formal investigation into the handling of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's knee injury in last Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff game.
Griffin appeared to suffer the injury in the first quarter but remained in the game. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said the rookie requested that he continue to play and Shanahan obliged.
The Redskins lost to the Seattle Seahawks.
Under the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, the players' union is allowed to request a formal inquiry. The NFLPA made an informal inquiry earlier this week, seeking answers to discrepancies in how the Redskins' medical staff addressed Griffin's situation.
"Playing through pain is a harsh reality of our business and our union will always hold the league and the clubs accountable to the best medical care," NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with Robert as he recovers from his surgery and we hope he returns to full strength."
Dr. James Andrews performed reconstructive sugery on Griffin's right knee Wednesday in Florida and said he believes Griffin could return in time for the start of the 2013 season.
Griffin sprained the knee three weeks earlier against Baltimore but had since returned to the lineup. Reports indicated that the NFLPA also inquired about the circumstances of the injury in that game but apparently was satisfied with the Redskins' response.