Doctors have cleared Robert Griffin III to practice at the start of the Redskins training camp this week, and he will not be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which had been a possibility. Griffin announced the news via Twitter:
Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in. Thank you for your support & See you in Richmond
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 22, 2013
Initially, the plan was for Griffin to undergo his testing Wednesday, the day before training camp practices began. But Dr. James Andrews wound up examining Griffin two consecutive days late last week, a person familiar with the situation said. The surgeon recommended the Redskins clear the quarterback.
Then Monday, Shanahan ran Griffin through a workout of his own, requiring him to do a series of quarterback-specific drills. Griffin performed well, and Shanahan cleared him to return to the field this week when camp gets underway.
The plan is for Griffin to take part in a regular workload of 7-on-7 drills from the start of camp, but he will not do much, if any, 11-on-11 work right away, the person said. It’s unclear how quickly Coach Mike Shanahan will allow Griffin to progress to full participation in practices. All players are limited to conditioning drills in the first few days of camp under the sport’s collective bargaining agreement.
Griffin underwent surgery in January to repair tears of the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments repaired. He was said to be facing a recovery of seven to nine months.
He did not participate in offseason practices but said he hoped to be ready at the outset of training camp. The Redskins arrive in Richmond on Wednesday and practice Thursday.
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