Originally written September 13, 2013 on NFL Injury Report:
After the Washington Redskins lost their season opener 33-27 to the Philadelphia Eagles Monday night,  the debate about whether or not quarterback Robert Griffin III should have been playing has risen.Hall of fame running back and current NFL Network analyst Marshall Faulk said on Thursday's episode of "NFL Total Access Kickoff", "that he's not ready to be out there". You can't blame Faulk for making that claim. Griffin looked very rusty in the first half. His throws lacked velocity and accuracy because he was not stepping into his throws. RGIII looked more like a pocket passer and appeared to be afraid to turn on the jets and run with the football the way he did in his rookie season. Griffin threw two interceptions in the first half and subsequently the Redskins found themselves in a 26-7 hole at halftime. The sophomore quarterback looked much more comfortable in the second half and nearly led the 'Skins to an improbable comeback, but fell just short. Griffin finished the night with 30 completions out of 49 pass attempts, two touchdown passes, and two interceptions.No disrespect to Marshall Faulk, but personally I think that RGIII should continue to play. Monday night's game was Griffin's first taste of full-speed football since last January when he tore his ACL in a 24-14 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, so it wasn't shocking to see RGIII as rusty as he was. However, I believe that his rough start Monday night can be attributed to nervousness. Griffin may not have been mentally ready to play at the start of Monday night's game, but as the game progressed he appeared to be easing himself back into the swing of things and looked much more comfortable in the pocket. As Griffin gets more acquainted with his surgically repaired knee, expect him to look more and more like his old self each week.Follow @TheNFLInjuryRpt Looking for fantasy football advice?Follow Chris Hecker on Twitter: @HeckDynasty
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