The Washington Redskins clearly have a plan when it comes to
Robert Griffin III’s recovery. So far, things have gone about as smoothly as
could have been hoped when he went down with his grisly knee injury. To this
point, Griffin continues to be on pace to rejoin the Redskins for Week 1 of the
regular season, but the quarterback told reporters that he hopes to be back
with his teammates earlier than that. While Griffin is lobbying to play in the
preseason, head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters – including Dan Hanzus of NFL.com – that there’s “no possibility” the second-year player suits up before
"Our plan is to play him Week 1," Shanahan said.
"I want to play him Week 1. I think we have a good game plan. I like
competitors," Shanahan said. "I like people that want to go. The
great ones do that. ... I don't want to push him when we don't have to. ...
He'll be ready. He's going to have to trust me there."
The Minnesota Vikings held running back Adrian Peterson out
for the entire preseason last year when he was recovering from his significant
knee injury. Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews recommended that Griffin do the
same, and it doesn’t sound like Shanahan has any plans of deviating from that
Griffin does continue to progress in his rehab, as he
participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since suffering his injury
on Monday. Still, he continues hoping for more.
"Coach has been saying if things go great these next
couple days and next week, then maybe," Griffin said earlier Monday.
"But it's a hard no right now. It's my job to make it a soft no and possibly
Again, this is a case that isn’t necessarily unexpected. It’s
a good thing for coaches to be cautious and it’s good to see players hoping to
retake the field. After incidents with Maurice Jones-Drew and even Derrick Rose
in the NBA, it’s evident that fans like their athletes rearing to go than
hesitant to return.
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