Found August 29, 2013 on
The Washington Redskins put together their first unbeaten preseason in 28 years without Robert Griffin III even taking a snap.
Griffin then tweeted Thursday night that he will be under center when the regular season opens for Washington on Sept. 9, but coach Mike Shanahan hedged after the 30-12 victory over Tampa Bay.
Fourth-stringer Pat White threw for 181 yards, set up a touchdown with a 66-yard completion to Dezmon Briscoe, and also ran for a TD to help the Redskins finish the preseason 4-0.
Shanahan rested most of his starters, including Griffin, who worked out at Raymond James Stadium for about 30 minutes before walking off the field with Dr. James Andrews. Andrews was in town to examine the quarterback's surgically repaired right knee.
Griffin, who's been practicing without any reported setbacks, participated in the coin toss as a Redskins captain and watched the game from the sideline. When it ended, he tweeted: ''Operation Patience complete: cleared.''
But Shanahan said he needed to discuss some ''concerns'' with Andrews and Griffin and would make a decision Monday about whether the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year will start against Philadelphia.
Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman also sat out the finale, as did Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis, who's recovering from knee surgery that sidelined him most of last season with the New York Jets.
With backup Kirk Cousins out with a sprained right foot, White played the entire game for the Redskins.
Safety Brandon Meriweather started and played the opening half for Washington, seeing his first game action since November, when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the only game he played. The Redskins are counting on him to shore up a weakness in their secondary.
Evan Royster rushed for 59 yards and a touchdown in his bid to win a job as a backup running back. Another young running back vying to make the roster, rookie Chris Thompson, scored on a 69-yard punt return.
Tampa Bay (1-3) finished a mostly unimpressive preseason with another sloppy performance.
With a healthy Freeman looking ahead to the Bucs' season opener against the Jets, third-round draft pick Mike Glennon played like a rookie in completing 7 of 16 passes for 63 yards and one interception. He also lost a fumble when the ball appeared to just slip out of his hand before his arm began moving forward to throw.
Linebacker Najee Goode scored Tampa Bay's first touchdown, returning a second-quarter interception 37 yards. Derek Dimke missed the extra point, hitting the right upright - one of several sloppy moments for the Bucs, who turned the ball over twice while falling behind 27-6 at the half.
Dan Orlovsky replaced Glennon late in the third quarter and led a field goal drive for Tampa Bay, which sputtered offensively throughout the preseason.
In three exhibitions, Freeman was 12 of 26 passing for 101 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was sacked nine times.
AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start the season opener for the Washington Redskins.
Griffin will start under center for the Redskins opener on Sept. 9 against NFC East rival Philadelphia.
This is hardly news as nearly everyone had penned the 23-year-old to be in the starting lineup for the Redskins.
Griffin will visit Dr. James Andrews on Thursday for a final...
I feel good, that is the tone coming out of Robert Griffin III these days. For the first time since injuring his knee, RGIII said he is finally 100% healthy. Imagine the timing of this statement, with only one week left in the preseason. I still don’t think Shanahan is going to let RGIII put one foot on the field in a preseason game. Shanahan and RGIII have been going back and...
Throughout the course of the offseason, it had been reported that Robert Griffin III was both cleared to return, and that he had not been cleared to return. The decision that really mattered was that of Dr. James Andrews, who […]
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III posted the photo above on Who Say to announce that he’s been cleared for the upcoming season.
Operation Patience….Complete. Cleared.
To God Be The Glory http://t.co/GxYMw8Cs57
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 30, 2013
Now we get to see if he can actually stay healthy for an entire season.
Need NFL Tickets?
We reported earlier that Robert Griffin III announced that he’s been cleared to play week one.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan says he’s going to sit down with Griffin to discuss some concerns Dr. James Andrews has.
Team RG3 coach Shanahan sez the QB is indeed cleared, but Doc Andrews has a "couple of concerns" that he'll discuss w/RG3 over weekend.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s documentary called a “Will to Win” aired on Tuesday night and throughout it, viewers saw RG3 working out, rehabbing and wearing lots of socks. One pair of socks even said “I Love Haters,” which is funny because RG3 blocks anyone on Twitter that says anything negative.
At least Redskins fans will be happy to hear that...
Washington QB Robert Griffin III has been named as starter for the season opener against Philadelphia, according to an ESPN report.Fantasy Spin:RGIII was a star in his rookie season (3,200 yards passing, 20 TDs, 5 INTs, 826 yards rushing 7 TDs) and should be a star in year two as well as he appears to be completely recovered from his knee injury.
Even though ESPN has reported that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will play in their week one opener against the Eagles, he still hasn’t been cleared by Dr. James Andrews, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Sources close to RGIII say "of course" he'll play in opener. That's expected. But I'm told Dr. Andrews has not cleared him yet...
Robert Griffin III says he’s been cleared to play in the Washington Redskins’ regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Operation Patience….Complete. Cleared. To God Be The Glory http://t.co/GxYMw8Cs57 — Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 30, 2013
After months of anticipation, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was medically cleared to play by Dr. James Andrews after Thursday night's evaluation, NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal reports.
Despite the green light from Dr. Andrews, "Operation Patience" may not be over just yet. Head coach Mike Shanahan has not yet committed as far as to name Griffin...
ESPN shamelessly offered up its airwaves for an hour’s worth of digital ******** on Robert Griffin III on Tuesday night. The hour-long Gatorade …
Redskins fans can breathe a sign of relief. Robert Griffin III will be starting week 1 on Monday Night Football vs the Eagles.
Chip Kelly’s spread with Mike Vick vs RGIII and their read option, football fans can dig that.
The Green Bay Packers will have their hands full with read-option quarterbacks to begin the 2013 season, with their first two games coming against the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins. Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are two of the most athletic quarterbacks in the game, so the Packers were happy to get some […]