BREAKING:

RG3 cleared to play; Shanahan still noncommittal

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TAMPA -- Robert Griffin III has been medically cleared to start the Washington Redskins' regular-season opener on Sept. 9. So will the quarterback take the first snap against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1?

Stay tuned.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan drew out the drama four more days, saying he wants to talk to Griffin over the weekend and will "let you know which direction we're going to go" on Monday.

Griffin met with Dr. James Andrews in Tampa on Thursday before the Redskins' 30-12 preseason finale victory over the Buccaneers, and the surgeon cleared RG3 to return to game action seven months after right knee surgery.

"Dr. Andrews, after talking to him, he's going to approve Robert to play (Week 1)," Shanahan said. "There's a couple of concerns that he has. I'll talk to Robert over the weekend, and I'll let you guys know on Monday."

Shanahan declined to provide specifics, saying he wants to speak with Griffin first. However, all signs continue to point toward Griffin being ready to play Week 1.

"Operation Patience....Complete. Cleared." Griffin tweeted Thursday.

Griffin called Shanahan's conservative plan to hold the quarterback out of preseason action "Operation Patience" during training camp.
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