By Kevin Ross
This Christmas edition of the injury report brings tidings of good joy as starting quarterback Robert Griffin III was given a status of “Probable” to play against the Eagles. In the words of Coach Shanahan, “probable [means] there is a very, very good chance he is going to play.”
Robert Griffin completed a full week of practice as he appeared to not be hindered by the knee injury; Griffin was not limited at all in practice. As long as there is not a setback or a re-aggravation of the injury, Griffin will start. The doctors have already cleared Griffin III for Sunday’s competition, but they will continue to monitor the knee to ensure that there are no setbacks. “Like I said, it is going to be day-by-day. If there is no setback, doctors feel like he will be ready to go. There wasn’t a setback [this week] so that was good sign,” said coach Shanahan.
Team spectators are now left to wonder if they will see the same Griffin III that they have become accustomed to. Will Griffin have his explosiveness, will his movements have the same fluidity, will he be 100 percent healthy? This question was posed to the head coach, “If you’re asking me if he is 100 percent, I don’t think anybody is 100 percent including Robert, especially after that LCL injury. But I like what I see and as I said before, if there are no setbacks, he should be ready to go.”
As coach Shanahan elaborated, it became apparent there are many players who won’t be at full strength on Sunday, including the team’s starting left-and right tackles, as both appeared on the injury report. Tyler Polumbus left last week’s game early after suffering a concussion. According to NFL rules, Polumbus has to pass a myriad of concussion test in order to see the field. He was limited in practice this week, and will still undergo more tests before he is cleared to play.
Tyler was listed on the official injury report as questionable. “He has to get cleared every day and they look at it very carefully and that is why we have him listed as questionable,” said Mike Shanahan. Polumbus will more than likely start on Sunday, but if he is not cleared the team will pull from the reserves and start either rookie Tom Compton or second year pro Maurice Hurt who also plays guard for the team.
The other starting tackle Trent Williams is listed as “Probable” as he continues to battle an injured thigh. Williams has turned the corner during his third year as a professional, and is arguably the best left tackle in all of football. Coach Shanahan elaborated on the core reason for Trent’s new found success. “I think your third year coming in, you know you have to get in football shape. A lot of these guys come in out of college and they are not really sure what type of shape you have to be in. He came in here in excellent shape which gives him a chance to stay healthy. If you do get hurt, then it’s more of a temporary setback because you get in shape pretty quick. Mentally, I think there was a big difference for him because he understood the commitment that it takes to go a full 16 weeks in a season in comparison to what he is used to in college. So he has grown up as a person, as a player and I like what I see.”
The Washington Redskins Injury Report
Questionable: (DE) Stephen Bowen – Biceps; (T) Tyler Polumbus – Head
Probable: (LB) Lorenzo Alexander – Shoulder/Not Injury Related; (LB) London Fletcher – Ankle; (QB) Robert Griffin III – Knee; (LB) Rob Jackson – Not Injury Related; (LB) Ryan Kerrigan – Ankle; (C) Will Montgomery – Knee; (T) Trent Williams – Thigh
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.