Robert Griffin III expects to have more freedom vs. Dallas

December 27, 2012

Robert Griffin III (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Robert Griffin III expects to have more freedom against the Cowboys Sunday night after coaches chose to hold him in check against the Eagles with a game plan that featured more pocket passing and almost no running.

 In his first game back after spraining the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee two weeks ago, Griffin completed 16 of 24 passes for 198 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He ran only two times for four yards — one of those carries coming on a broken play.

Griffin wore a bulky brace on his right knee and appeared to limp as he walked during the game, but said afterwards that he wasn’t limited physically, and maintained the same stance on Wednesday. But Griffin did say that he expects to be allowed to do more against Dallas after showing coaches that he is healthy.

“The knee is fine. Whatever I feel like I can do on that day, I will,” said Griffin, who on Wednesday was voted to his first Pro Bowl. “I’ll be able to do more, to answer your question. I won’t dodge it. I’ll be able to do more against the Cowboys than Philly, but we’ll see how that goes.”

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan agreed. He acknowledged that he and his staff took a more conservative approach against the Eagles as a precaution, but said Griffin certainly could have handled a more expanded role.

“No. 1, when you do have an LCL, and when you have that type of sprain and it’s a first degree, you don’t want to — first week back, you don’t want to put him into a normal game plan, and you want to protect him a little bit,” Shanahan said. “I still think he was full-speed ready to go. We just chose not to put him in that situation. I think as every day goes, and you see somebody more comfortable, you have a gut feel when you can do everything. I really felt like i could’ve done that against Philly. We just chose not to.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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Mike Jones · December 27, 2012