RGIII Ramps Up Participation; ‘No Doubt I’m Playing Week 1’
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III says he plans Tuesday to participate in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since receiving medical clearance to return to the football field.
The Washington Redskins quarterback has been limited by the coaching staff who have ‘eased’ him back into practice since the onset of training camp.
Griffin says he’s been ready to increase his workload, but has been going along with a plan laid out by the coaching staff.
“I don’t think it’s a huge step,” said Griffin. “I just think it’s time to get back out there with my teammates. I’ve proven that I can protect myself. I’m damn near close to 100 percent. I feel good. Now, I’m glad coach feels the same way.”
Although Griffin admits to being frustrated by the slower-than-he-would-like plan to return to action, he says there is no friction between himself and head coach Mike Shanahan.
“There is no friction. There is an understanding between coach and player. That is all. Don’t have to like everything,” he tweeted Monday.
Participating in live action drills is, despite the quarterback’s opinion, a big step forward in achieving his ultimate goal.
“There’s no doubt I’m playing Week One,” said Griffin. “That’s just the way I feel about it.”
The quarterback also plans to push to play in the Redskins third preseason game August 24 against the Buffalo Bills, but concedes the coaches are saying it’s not likely as of now.
“I want to play. Let’s get that straight. I want to play in the preseason,” Griffin stated. “Coaches are saying, if things go great these next couple of days and next week, then maybe. It’s a hard ‘no’ right now. It’s my job to make that a soft ‘no’ and possibly a ‘yes.’ I’m definitely going to push for it. I feel ready to go… We’ll see what happens.”