Report: RG3 unlikely to play in preseason

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is unlikely to play in the preseason, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
That means Griffin, working diligently to return from January knee surgery, likely won't be on the field until the Redskins' season opener Sept. 9 vs. Philadelphia.
Griffin announced via Twitter at 11 a.m. ET on Monday: "Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in. Thank you for your support & See you in Richmond." Washington coach Mike Shanahan then put Griffin through an extensive workout to determine his readiness to participate in camp Monday.
According to the ESPN report a day later, one Redskins front-office member said Washington will not want to subject Griffin to any hits this summer.
Griffin will be involved on a limited basis to start. He will participate in 7-on-7 drills before he is allowed to take part in team drills. NFL Network reported that Griffin will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list to begin camp.
Shanahan said he would evaluate Griffin's health with regular and ongoing input from the Redskins' medical staff, which includes renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews. Shanahan, criticized for allowing Griffin to play in the postseason loss to the Seattle Seahawks despite his obvious limitations while dealing with an injured knee, wouldn't commit to a schedule for Griffin or discuss what would be involved in making decisions about the quarterback's availability.
Griffin is driven to be on the field when the regular season begins to the point that he changed account passwords as an ever-present reminder of the season-opening "Monday Night Football" game against Philadelphia. Griffin said he was using past experience and getting input from other athletes to restore strength in his reconstructed knee. He came back from a previous ACL surgery to win the Heisman Trophy as a junior at Baylor.
Andrews performed the latest knee surgery in January. RG3's father, Robert Griffin Jr., said in May that he hoped the offense would be adjusted to keep RG3 in the pocket with more passing. Griffin Jr. said he would temper the number of hits he takes -- ideally reducing his risk of injury -- as a ballcarrier. He called for coaches to create "a united community."
The exciting quarterback set rookie records for passer rating (102.4) and rushing yards (815) by a quarterback in 2012, when he averaged 6.8 yards per carry with seven touchdowns.
Shanahan said any evolution of the offense or significant adjustments aren't planned and would most likely be based on what they see from opposing defenses in 2013. Shanahan and Griffin III have talked about the pace of the quarterback's rehab, and how "limited" Griffin would be in training camp.

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