Griffin's injury wasn't directly related to the controversy surrounding defenseless receivers and helmet-to-helmet hits, but it was connected to that topic. It was about the culture. Should he have played through the pain, or should he have stayed on the bench?
His charisma, charm, intelligence, work ethic -- which teammates rave about -- and sensational play have the team at 7-6 and in position to make its first postseason since 2006. Yet the question around Griffin remains the same: Will he last?