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Report: Griffin to start Redskins' opener

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Robert Griffin III will be the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins in their Monday Night Football season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9, ESPN reported Wednesday.

That appeared to be a foregone conclusion after Griffin practiced without any problems with his surgically repaired knee the past two weeks. He will meet with Dr. James Andrews on Thursday night in Tampa, Fla., before the Redskins' last preseason game against the Buccaneers for final medical clearance.

Andrews has compared Griffin's recovery from torn ligaments in his right knee to Adrian Peterson's comeback with the Minnesota Vikings last season. Griffin first injured the knee on Dec. 9 in a game against the Baltimore Ravens and then tore the ligaments in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 6.

Griffin feels like he's fully recovered and ready to begin his second year in the NFL after an impressive rookie season.

"If I had to run a 40 today at the combine in my underwear, I feel like I could run a 4.3-something," he told ESPN980 Radio in Washington.
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