RGIII Receives Clearance To Play, Shanahan Proceeds with Caution
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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The long wait appears to be over for Robert Griffin III.
Moments after the Washington Redskins capped their first undefeated preseason in 28 years by defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-12, Griffin tweeted he had received clearance to play from Dr. James Andrews.
“Operation Patience… Complete. Cleared. To God Be The Glory,” Griffin tweeted.
Griffin’s clearance comes after a roughly 30-minute on-field workout in front of Andrews and Redskins officials prior to kickoff Thursday in Tampa.
Mike Shanahan confirmed Griffin was cleared during a postgame press conference, but added there were a couple of concerns he planned to address with the quarterback over the weekend.
“Dr. Andrews after talking to him, he’s going to approve Robert to play,” said Shanahan. “There is a couple concerns that he has.”
Shanahan declined to detail Andrews’ concerns and promised to provide an update on Monday.
The coach also declined to confirm whether Griffin would start in the regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9.
Griffin has been absent from competition since crumbling to the choppy turf at FedEx Field in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks last January.
The torn lateral collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee prompted an impassioned debate over whether the coach put Griffin’s NFL career in danger by leaving him on the field too long.
Flash forward seven months, through an often turbulent offseason that included an apparently strained and heavily scrutinized quarterback-coach relationship, and light finally appears to be shining at the end of the Redskins’ long tunnel.
Griffin has been without setback since being given a green light to participate in practice by Dr. Andrews at the onset of training camp.
His workload has steadily increased after coaches and trainers initially eased him back in, giving the impression he would be ready in time for the regular season opener.