Shanahan: RGIII Will Start for Redskins in Season Opener
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ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Barring an unforeseen setback Robert Griffin III will start for the Washington Redskins next Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Saying the announcement should not come as a surprise, Mike Shanahan confirmed Griffin will start.
“He’s ready to go full speed ahead,” Shanahan said.
The final decision came after a weekend conference call between the quarterback, coach, Dr. James Andrews, general manager Bruce Allen, and other officials to address remaining concerns regarding the health of last year’s offensive rookie of the year.
Shanahan says Griffin has not experienced any swelling or soreness in the surgically reconstructed knee.
Andrews cleared Griffin to play following a workout last Thursday in Tampa prior to the Redskins preseason game against the Buccaneers.
A tweet from the quarterback moments after the Redskins victory, announced to the world that “Operation Patience” had been completed.
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.
Various media outlets reported Dr. Andrews’ concerns stemmed from the way in which the team planned to utilize Griffin. Shanahan, who was not been available for comment prior to Monday, says Andrews denied having made those remarks.
“I’m not sure a doctor would ever say anything that had to do with the strategy of football,” Shanahan said.
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.
With a Monday night date against the Philadelphia Eagles looming, Washington elected to keep four quarterbacks on its initial 53-man roster, meaning Pat White is practicing alongside Robert Griffin III, Kirk Cousins and Rex Grossman.
White will likely play the role of Michael Vick on the scout team leading up to the Monday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
White was initially signed to emulate a sidelined Griffin during the Redskins’ offseason workouts.