RG3 could be cleared Thursday

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ASHBURN, Va. -- Robert Griffin III could be cleared to play in the Washington Redskins' regular-season opener when he meets with Dr. James Andrews on Thursday.

Griffin is scheduled to meet with the surgeon when the Redskins are in Tampa to face the Buccaneers in their preseason finale.

''I know Dr. Andrews will sit down and evaluate Robert and probably just give us his recommendation,'' Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

Griffin has been held out of preseason games as he continues to strengthen his surgically-repaired right knee, but has long stated he fully expects to be on the field Sept. 9.

''You're hoping he's 100 percent,'' Shanahan said. ''The reason I'm a little iffy on that is I want to judge him every day. But I have not seen a setback. I've seen much improvement from the first day to where he's at now from when he first came out - just in his ability to move, his ability to scramble, just the ease in which he practices."

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has also been pleased with Griffin's progress during practice.

"I think he's looked good. He looks as healthy as he has," Kyle Shanahan said. "There's been no difference there. He's been getting a lot more reps. He got a lot more yesterday. Yesterday was a big practice, just doing a lot of team drills and going against each other non-carded, non-Tampa Bay stuff.

"It's just been good to get him out there, get him repping stuff and going full speed."

With backup Kirk Cousins recovering from a sprained foot, Mike Shanahan said the plan is for Pat White to play the full game against Tampa Bay. If White is injured, Rex Grossman would play.

"Pat White will play the entire game unless he goes down, and if he goes down then Rex will go in. If he goes down, I'm going in. I'm the only guy left,'' Shanahan joked.

--The Redskins waived linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy and cornerback Ryan Mouton with injury designations, and the team can negotiate injury settlements or place them on injured reserve should they clear waivers.

Jacolby Ashworth was waived with an injury settlement, while fellow offensive lineman Jeremy Trueblood had his contract terminated.

The Redskins also moved Adam Carriker from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list to the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list.
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