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Antrel Rolle thinks struggling RG3 should keep playing

Antrel Rolle reacts in the second half of

Antrel Rolle reacts in the second half of a game against the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium. (Nov. 17, 2013) Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

Most people acknowledge and appreciate what it has taken for Robert Griffin III to play in the NFL this season. He's overcome a gruesome knee injury sustained in the playoffs in January, spent almost the entire offseason rehabbing from reconstructive surgery, and tried to live up to or even improve upon the greatest statistical season any rookie quarterback ever had.

Now, some people think he should give it a rest.

After the 49ers sacked Griffin four times Monday night -- making it 12 sacks in the last three games and 26 this season -- San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks told reporters he thinks the once-elusive Griffin would be better served by sitting on the bench for a while.

"He's obviously a man and he makes his own decisions, but I personally don't feel he should be playing right now,'' Brooks said. "I don't think he should be playing. You can see it. Everybody can see it.''

The Giants see it, too. And they'll see it firsthand Sunday night when they face Griffin and the Redskins for the first time this season. The quarterback who was flying past and around their pursuits just a year ago on his way to a division title will be a virtual stationary target for them in this game and, perhaps, if he lasts that long, the final game of the regular season.

So yeah, of course, the Giants disagree with Brooks and think Griffin should be out there. He'd only add to the list of infirm or ill-prepared quarterbacks the Giants faced in four of the last five games (their one loss in that stretch coming to a healthy Tony Romo this past Sunday).

When asked whether Griffin should play, Giants safety Antrel Rolle said, "Absolutely,'' Tuesday in his weekly appearance on WFAN.

"Is he as elusive as he was the year before? No, he's not,'' Rolle said. "But at the same time he still has a cannon for an arm, he still can make each and every throw . . . I just know that he's been getting hit and getting sacked a whole lot more than what we're used to seeing.''

The Giants may be drooling over the opportunity to hunt a wounded quarterback, but they should recognize that this season may be their last chance to do that with Griffin. The belts he has been taking could make him more effective for the rest of his career if they improve his acumen as a passer.

"The growth of a quarterback is a maturation process,'' Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "You need those repetitions, and that's why he's going through these repetitions, to get better.''

Cordle to IR. The Giants placed center Jim Cordle on injured reserve with a knee injury he suffered early in Sunday's game. Cordle, who started eight of the last nine games, said Monday he thought he could play through the damaged patella tendon in his left knee. He's the second starting center to land on IR, following David Baas (knee).

The Giants moved Kevin Boothe from left guard to center and put James Brewer at guard when Cordle left Sunday's game, and they figure to stick with that lineup. They promoted offensive lineman Stephen Goodin from the practice squad to take Cordle's place on the 53-man roster.

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