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Mike Shanahan makes it official, says Robert Griffin III will start the opener

Frank Schwab
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The final hurdle, which ended up being Mike Shanahan's strange reluctance to name Robert Griffin III his starting quarterback last week, has been cleared.

Shanahan made it official. Griffin will start the season opener for Washington next Monday night against Philadelphia.

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Everyone at ESPN, which will now showcase what is bound to be one of the highest-rated regular-season games in many years, just did a fist pump.

Last week, after Griffin tweeted out that he had been cleared, Shanahan said he would have to sit down and discuss unspecified concerns that Dr. James Andrews had. Shanahan wouldn't say what those were.

"You'll have to trust us," Shanahan said, according to the Associated Press.

Isn't that how we got into this mess in the first place?

Just because we're now certain Griffin will be under center, not missing any meaningful games after tearing his ACL in a playoff loss to Seattle last January, that doesn't mean the intrigue stops. How will Griffin look after an offseason rehabbing his knee rather than improving as a quarterback? Will he run as much as he did last season, when he won the NFL offensive rookie of the year award? When he does run, will he be more careful or will his competitive instincts take over?

Griffin is one of the brightest stars in the league and one of the more intriguing stories. When he takes the field for the first time next Monday, every NFL fan with access to a television will be watching.

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