ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — The bulk of the talk at Redskins Park centered around Robert Griffin III on Wednesday.
Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and players tried to downplay much of the hype surrounding the quarterback’s award winning debut performance.
“Let’s not get carried away with all this,” said Shanahan. “This is the first game and it’s a growing experience and each game you are going to experience different things. It’s part of the maturation process that he is going to have some high and some lows. It’s just the nature of the game.”
However, the coach also sees a bright future for his rising prodigy and commended his performance.
“I was really pleased with the way he handled himself in that type of atmosphere and I hope he keeps it going,” Shanahan said.
Griffin, who will grace the cover of Sports Illustrated this week, also weighed in on the media attention.
“Everybody knows if they take care of their excitement we can win,” a humble Griffin said. “We’ve got the talent to do it.”
Meanwhile, wide receiver Pierre Garçon was the only player to not practice Wednesday as the team continued to prepare for a clash with the St. Louis Rams.
His status for the game remains unclear.
“We’ll see how he is tomorrow,” head coach Mike Shanahan said.
Garçon injured his foot during the first half of the team’s win in New Orleans. Shanahan previously said the injury was similar to turf toe.
Shanahan also addressed his decision to use ‘designated to return‘ tag on long snapper Nick Sundberg who was placed on injured reserve this week.
“It’s a perfect situation for him,” Shanahan said. “I think the rule was put in for camps.”
The newly created rule states one player from each team may return from injured reserve after sitting out a minimum of eight weeks. Sundberg would be eligible to return around Week 10.
Listen here to what Mike Shanahan & Robert Griffin III had to say today following practice.
Mike Shanahan Practice Audio
Robert Griffin III Practice Audio
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