With a tweet, Robert Griffin III announced to the world that he was cleared by Dr. James Andrews to play.
Operation Patience….Complete. Cleared. To God Be The Glory http://t.co/GxYMw8Cs57
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 30, 2013
Word spread like wildfire that RGIII would be playing Week 1, but slow your roll. The always cryptic Mike Shanahan stopped short of actually confirming that he’d be starting. Citing concerns from Andrews, the Redskins coach said he’d talk to Robert and get back to us.
Operation Patience, not so complete.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to many that RGIII was cleared, and it’s certainly no shock to some of his teammates.
“Ya’ll ain’t tired of talking about this?” Santana Moss asked a horde of reporters, shaking his head. “I had the same thought that I had in my mind when I came into camp. Whenever coach says that he’ll be ready, we’ll be ready. Same thought, really hasn’t changed. We were preparing for him to be ready by Week 1.”
Alfred Morris also seemed surprised that yesterday’s clearance was breaking news.
“Everyone’s eating this up, man. Geez.” said Alfred Morris. “It’s not a surprise to me. I mean, the next day after it happened I told everybody he’d be back Week 1. They probably thought I was crazy then, now they don’t think I’m so crazy.”
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Why do flies fly and elephants don’t elephant??? — DeJon Gomes (@D_Gomes24) August 30, 2013
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Jayson Werth, when asked postgame by Julie Alexandria what he would say to folks who say the Nats’ recent wins are too little too late.
“Who cares what they have to say?”
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Chris Pronger and James van Riemsdyk were each given two minutes for cross-checking and roughing during last night’s Redskins game. They should expect fines handed down by Goodell this week. (via @turbanator_21)
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Just Craig Stammen, Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard being friendly.
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Mets at Nats, 7 p.m. on MASN2. All TV/Radio listings here.
KUDOS OF THE DAY
Washington Blade gives kudos to D.C. for being “ahead of the pack on gay support,” with statements of support from players and executives on behalf of D.C. United, Nats, Caps, Wizards and Mystics, including this from Mike Rizzo: “In our eyes, teammates are teammates and everyone has equal standing here at Nationals Park.”
CUTE OF THE DAY
Here’s the National Zoo’s new panda cub doing his best Steve Wonder impression until his mom can’t take it anymore and eats him.