by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Three days ago, Philadelphia sports personality Howard Eskin reported that Dr. James Andrews, who performed surgery on RGIII’s knee, recommended the Redskins withhold the quarterback from returning until after their bye in Week 5 of the 2013 NFL season.

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Two days later, known Mike Shanahan insider, Adam Schefter, disseminated a conflicting report, insinuating no recommendation had yet been made.

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The “first time this summer” portion of the tweet would indicate that either the Redskins haven’t so much as discussed RGIII’s return date with Dr. Andrews all summer, or this is a case of clever wording, and Shefter literally just means they haven’t met to discuss it in person. If it’s the latter, that also means Dr. Andrews hasn’t visited his star patient through all of training camp or OTAs.

So what we have here is a failure to communicate.

Enter Eskin, who told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan he stands by his source 100%, and first learned of the recommendation within the last month, although he wouldn’t nail down a specific date.

“I didn’t say he was going to recommend, I said he already recommended that. So let’s be clear,” Eskin told the Junkies.

“Are you really telling me that the franchise quarterback for the next ten years, they haven’t spoken about that yet?” Eskin probed. “Oh all of a sudden after that, they’re going to talk about this. See where he is.”

“So Adam Schefter rolls that out after I put out that story that Dr. Andrews recommended that he not play until after the bye week, which would eliminate those first four games,” he said. “Now I also said Mike Shanahan’s probably going to play him the first game anyway, but I know what the doctor recommended and I’m 100% behind the fact that he recommended it.”

Eskine, who placed the blame for RGIII’s ACL injury squarely on Shanahan’s shoulders, warns that his dual role as both head coach and vice president of football operations is a conflict of interest in making decisions which could affect Griffin’s long-term health.

“The reality is the doctor is the one that’s going to get blamed ultimately and you can’t do that,” Eskine said. “You got to be cautious. It’s not just some third or fourth wide receiver, it’s your quarterback.”

So there’s only one question left to ponder. Is Dr. James Andrews actually Howard Eskine’s source?


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