Originally written on NFL Injury Report  |  Last updated 11/13/14
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 Week 1. "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 advice. 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 a yes." 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. Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?
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