LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Robert Griffin III will start for the Washington Redskins against the Philadelphia Eagles in the season opener according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Redskins quarterback had his knee repaired by orthopedist James Andrews in January, days after tearing the lateral collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee against the Seattle Seahawks in the opening round of the playoffs.
The injury has prompted a seven month national debate over whether coach Mike Shanahan endangered Griffin’s career by not taking the team’s franchise player out of the game sooner.
The first major injury to the knee came in 2009, when Griffin tore the ACL in the third game of the season while playing for Baylor. Griffin missed the rest of the year but returned in 2010 and won the Heisman Trophy in 2011.
Griffin sprained the LCL in December when he was hit by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at the end of a 13-yard scramble. Griffin missed one game and returned to play three more while wearing a bulky knee brace, his mobility clearly hindered.
Then, during the Wild Card round playoff game, Griffin hurt the knee again as he fell awkwardly while throwing a pass in the first quarter against the Seahawks. He remained in the game, with Shanahan saying he trusted Griffin’s word that all was OK.
Griffin finally departed in the fourth quarter, after the knee buckled while he was trying to field a bad shotgun snap.
Griffin will not play Thursday in the Redskins preseason finale in Tampa.
(TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)