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Griffin to start Redskins' opener

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Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that Robert Griffin III will start the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Griffin, who has been held out of preseason action, was cleared to play last week by Dr. James Andrews. However, Shanahan said Andrews still had concerns.

Shanahan spoke to Andrews to find out what those concerns were, but declined to provide details.

"You'll have to trust us," he said.

Andrews performed reconstructive knee surgery on Griffin in January, days after he was injured in a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN reported last week that Andrews does not want the Redskins to expose Griffin's knee to excessive punishment during games. It's not clear which plays or type of plays concerned Andrews, but presumably it involves the read-option, which allows defenders to take a shot at Griffin.

The Redskins open against the Eagles on Sept. 9.
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