Shanahan says Griffin had ‘a good week’

Mike Shanahan; Robert Griffin III

Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III discuss strategy during training camps drills. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND—Coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday he thinks that quarterback Robert Griffin III had “a good week” of practices at the Washington Redskins training camp while being limited to seven-on-seven passing drills and other scaled-back activities.

Shanahan declined to specify when Griffin might be permitted to participate in full team drills as part of his comeback from knee surgery in January. But Shanahan seemed to hint that might be unlikely to happen before the Redskins’ opening preseason game Thursday night at Tennessee.

“Our plan [for Griffin’s practice-field work] goes all the way through Tennessee,” Shanahan said. “Then we have another plan after the Tennessee game.”

Shanahan said later: “After the game, we’ve got a little bit different game plan. If there’s no setback, I’ll share that with you next week when we implement it. The reason why I don’t tell you at the beginning, if there is a setback, I’m not gonna tell you, anyhow.”

Shanahan previously has said he does not plan to play Griffin in any preseason games.

Redskins players have Sunday off, then return to work with practices Monday and Tuesday. Griffin said earlier this week he hoped to be allowed to take part in full team drills next week. Shanahan has limited Griffin to individual drills during the early stages of training camp.

“The only reason you don’t keep on going forward with the game plan that you have, because you have a game plan for the first game, if there’s swelling, there’s a setback, he doesn’t feel comfortable,” Shanahan said. “The key for us is not to push him too quick. You don’t know how he’s going to react to different drills. But right now there has been no swelling. He feels very good. And that’s one of the reasons why he hasn’t had a day off.”

Griffin’s number of snaps during seven-on-seven passing drills increased this week. He completed 13 of 17 passes during seven-on-seven drills Saturday before a fan appreciation day crowd estimated by the team at more than 25,000.

“I thought he had a good week,” Shanahan said. “The best part about it [was] there wasn’t any setback. As you have a plan going into your first week, you’re hoping you can execute that game plan. We were able to do that. Next week we have another game plan for him and we’ll see if he’s able to go through that.”

Griffin said earlier in the week that his knee was feeling good and he was pleased with the sharpness of his passing.

Shanahan said Saturday: “The first thing is you have to make sure his arm is in good shape. And his arm was in excellent shape coming in. He did a good job with his drill work, a good job with his preparation leading into camp so his arm had the strength you were looking for. And when you take a look at somebody’s knee or his ability to run, you really don’t know how that’s going to work out.  For that knee not to swell up is a big sign. For him to be able to do seven-on-seven drills is a big sign for me for the first week.  So you’re always hoping that there’s not a setback, like we talked about, there’s no swelling and you keep on doing the things he’s done.”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins are off Sunday. Practice resumes Monday at 10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. If you’re headed to Richmond, check our our guide to training camp for tips on getting autographs, where to park and things to do after the session is over.

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