Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared to practice during training camp, but told reporters on Wednesday that while he will be able to play in the third preseason game, he does not expect to play at all before the regular season-opener.
"The current plan is, you know, patience is the key. So, I did all I could in the offseason — working out, rehabbing. I passed all of my tests, with Dr. [James] Andrews, with doctors from the Redskins and with the coaching staff, so they just want to make sure that we aren’t doing anything too soon that we don’t have to do," Griffin said. "So let some of these other guys get ready for the preseason. And if it comes around that I’m ready go — maybe in the third preseason game — but as far as my understanding goes, preseason is really not even in the air; it’s not a worry at all, I feel like I can play. I think coach [Mike Shanahan] feels I can play without any preseason. So there’s no need really for that. But, patience is the key, and like I said I’ve done everything I can. I’m just going to work myself back in to it. And it just feels good to be back out there with the guys.
"Unless it’s a necessity, then I don’t think I’ll play in the preseason unless Coach says so."
Griffin underwent surgery to repair the lateral collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee on Jan. 8. That Griffin has been cleared to practice six-and-a-half months later is an impressive feat in its own right, and is a testament to how hard Griffin attacked his rehabilitation.
Griffin added that he plans to continue to wear a brace on his right knee and that he'll get on-field work in 7-on-7 drills and walk-through practices, but will not take part in 11-on-11 drills. The lack of full-team or preseason reps during the preseason is a concern, but Griffin believes he can be ready for the Sept. 9 season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles without playing in August.
As for his relationship with head coach Mike Shanahan, Griffin says they're all turning the page.
"I think we’re on the same page right now. You know, we all make mistakes. Last season, we all understand that, we’ve all talked about it. It’s time to move on, we’re moving forward and hopefully moving up to a Super Bowl."
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