Redskins say Griffin will be able to run the ball effectively if needed

December 29, 2012

Robert Griffin III runs the ball against the Eagles (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

 

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had only four rushing yards on two carries in last Sunday’s victory at Philadelphia, in his first game back after missing one game because of a mild sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee.

There was one play in particular against the Eagles on which Griffin seemed to lack his usual burst as he ran toward the sideline, then went out of bounds. But Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said this week he didn’t take that as a sign that Griffin was unable to run with the ball effectively.

“I think I know the play you’re talking about,” Shanahan said. “And I think we missed a block on the outside. Robert wasn’t going to be able to get much more. So I think he just strided it out of bounds, where usually he’s digging out a little bit harder. We missed a block on the outside and he wasn’t going to be able to get any more. So he took what he could. We ran a bunch of [quarterback] keepers in the game and he still scrambled a few times that I thought he looked good on. So I thought he was running all right.”

The Redskins say they believe Griffin will be able to be productive running with the ball if needed Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

“We held him back some” against the Eagles, Shanahan said. “But it was more the game plan, from a schematic standpoint. We ran him here and there, not as much… but he got a couple opportunities. I think he gets healthier each week. It’s only natural to get better. We’ll see what happens this week.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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