It's official, at least according to ESPN's Adam Schefter: Robert Griffin III will start Week 1. You can breathe easily now. (I am talking to you, ESPN, which is broadcasting the game.)
After an offseason of conjecture, speculation, kid gloves, finger pointing and proclamations of health, the Washington Redskins apparently now have waved the green flag for Griffin to start against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first game on Monday Night Football, on Sept.9.
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For the past two weeks, Griffin has practiced without any additional medical concerns and has impressed the team with his work. Griffin is scheduled to meet with Dr. James Andrews Thursday night, prior to the preseason finale, to get final clearance, which is expected to be a formality.
A this point, Griffin's surgically repaired knee is believed to be structurally sound and healing well from offseason ACL repair. All surrounding the team appear to be wholly satisfied with the progress and with Griffin's health, or this decision would not have been made.
The recovery will be compared up and down to that of Adrian Peterson last season. And Griffin's timetable actually was shorter than Peterson's, which obviously has caused some concerns amongst Redskins fans for the long term. Team officials clearly are confident that RG3 is in great shape and ready to go, or they would not trot him out there a week from Monday.
The matchup against the Eagles now becomes supersonic, must-see-TV. Not only is it the return of Griffin to the lineup, but it's also Chip Kelly's head-coaching debut with the Eagles. Expect a few points to be scored in that one.