Robert Griffin III says it was “survivor instinct” that kicked in when he was playing hobbled in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks.

Ultimately, his injury became worse when he suffered a torn ACL and other ligament tears, an injury that puts his status for the start of the 2013 season in question.

In an ESPN The Magazine article, Griffin says he has leaned from what he now calls mistakes.

Your survivor instinct kicks in," Griffin said. "You're like, 'I'm a warrior. I'm a beast. I do all these things, I can push through adversity.'
 

“If I had another incident like the (Haolti) Ngata hit, I'm out of the game. You pull yourself out at that point. You learn from your mistakes.
 

“I don't feel like playing against the Seahawks was a mistake. But I see the mistake in it. With what happened and how everything was running -- you take me out. If that happened again next year, I'd come out of the game and sit until I was 100 percent healthy.”

Griffin is saying all the right things now. But it’s not until he gets back on the field will we see if his playing style has changed at all, if he will be more cognizant of the dangers of the game for a franchise quarterback. It will be interesting to see if he’s more conservative now knowing that he needs to be able to minimize the big hits.

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