Theismann Disputes Schefter Report That RGIII Won’t Play in Preseason

by Chris Lingebach
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RGIII throwing at Redskins Park prior to speaking with media members on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Credit: Sky Kerstein/106.7 The  Fan)

RGIII throwing at Redskins Park prior to speaking with media members on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Credit: Sky Kerstein/106.7 The Fan)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - RGIII appears to be on his way to a full recovery from the devastating knee injury he suffered in the Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seahawks in January, and now as training camp approaches, everyone seems to be taking guesses at when he’ll return, much akin where LeBron would land pre-The Decision.

According to Adam Schefter, who has a very close media relationship with Mike Shanahan, it would be a “major surprise” if Griffin were to appear in any of Washington’s four preseason games.

This all comes off RGIII’s personal tweet on Monday, in which he declared he had been cleared to practice by doctors.

But Mike Shanahan has also been known to spin a yarn or two to reporters, and as Joe Theismann pointed out Wednesday, it’s unlike him to fully divulge injury information, especially as it pertains to a star player.

“I have tremendous respect for Adam, but when it comes to medical conditions of people, there’s two guys that I know don’t share anything: Mike Shanahan and Bill Belichick,” Theismann told 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes.

“I think he wants to see how he does in camp,” he later added. “If he’s well enough in the next-to-last preseason game to play a quarter, maybe he sticks him out there, maybe he doesn’t.”

Theismann went on to emphasize how much Shanahan realizes the importance of not rushing his franchise quarterback back onto the field, as he did in the 4th quarter of the playoff loss, just before Griffin tore his ACL, adding, “that whole situation has put everyone in a cautious state when it comes to Robert’s status.”

However, Joe fully expects RGIII to be ready by Sept. 8, which would be the day before the Redskins’ kickoff their season against the Eagles, but measured his expectations with “I think it’s sort of a wait-and-see attitude with that assumption.”

So, it’s anyone’s guess.

Joe also gave has NFC East predictions, picking the Giants as the team most likely to threaten the Redskins for their division crown.

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