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RGIII says he's ready to play, but the Washington Redskins quarterback isn't expected to see his next game action until Week 1 of the regular season.

With the Redskins reporting to training camp Wednesday, Robert Griffin III has been cleared by team doctors to participate in practice as he continues to recover from reconstructive surgery on his right knee in January. The team is being cautious with RGIII, who said Wednesday that he doesn't expect to play during the preseason.

"Patience is the key," he said. "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.

"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."

The Redskins will stage their first full practice Thursday. Griffin will likely sit out full 11-on-11 plays for at least the first few days, but will take part in other less invasive drills.

"Coach (Shanahan) wants to ease me in that way so that I'm not, right from the get go, going from not practicing at all in the OTAs, to right in to team having guys running at you, and you know you react and something like that," Griffin said. "That's basically what it means. We're going to do 7-on-7 and I'll get a lot of those reps and I'll get reps in the walkthroughs. And I'll be out there at practice doing everything except for the team sessions."

Griffin, who said he expects to be less free-wheeling and will likely stay in the pocket more this season, also revealed he expects to wear a brace on his knee after passing the team's pre-camp conditioning test.

Entering just his second NFL season, Griffin isn't concerned about being sharp come Week 1 if he is held out of the preseason after sitting out the full offseason program as well.

"I don't think preseason actually matters that much when it comes to that. I think if you talk to a lot of the vets, they don't even like the preseason," he said. "I think that's a well-known fact. Even I know that and I've only been in the league one year. I think you can get that timing, those reps in practice and that's what I'm going to get later in the preseason. I look forward to that, but right now it's just about... Everybody is on the same page.

"We want to make sure that we continue growing as a team. Me and Mike Shanahan's relationship is paramount to this team being successful."

Griffin and Shanahan sat down to discuss the preseason plan, and the quarterback said there are no lingering issues when it comes to how last season ended with Griffin's knee injury in the playoffs.

"I think we're on the same page right now. You know, we all make mistakes," said Griffin. "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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