RICHMOND — Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he’d pushed back quarterback Robert Griffin III’s first participation in full team drills during the Washington Redskins’ training camp from Tuesday to Wednesday. But Shanahan said he expects Griffin to be ready for the opening regular season game unless he suffers a setback in his recovery from knee surgery, adding that he’s doing what he feels is best for Griffin even if it’s not necessarily exactly what the quarterback wants.
“Hopefully he’s ready for the first game of the season,” Shanahan said. “If there’s no setbacks, he’ll be ready. And he’s going to have to trust me there.”
Griffin said earlier Monday that he was scheduled to participate in 11-on-11 drills in Tuesday’s practice. Shanahan said hours later that things indeed had been scheduled that way, but Griffin’s debut in full team drills had been pushed back because Saturday’s practice was rained out.
“With us canceling Saturday’s practice, Saturday’s was today and Monday’s was Tuesday. … Wednesday, Thursday and Friday he’ll practice. … He’ll take a couple reps on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with each team period,” Shanahan said.
Shanahan had said over the weekend that the onset of Griffin’s participation in full team drills would not be affected by Saturday’s rained-out practice.
Shanahan said he expects Griffin to play in the Sept. 9 regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles if Griffin’s comeback continues to go smoothly.
“That’s my job, not to necessarily do what he likes but to do what’s the best thing for him and this organization,” Shanahan said. “My job is to get him ready for the first game and that’s what we’re hoping we can do. Without a setback, I believe he will be ready for the first game. And I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that there is no setback and we can have him for the first game of the season. But if there is a setback, then we’ll have to adjust accordingly.”
Shanahan said there is “no possibility” of Griffin playing during the preseason. Griffin said earlier Monday he was hopeful of changing Shanahan’s mind on that issue. According to Shanahan, orthopedist James Andrews, who performed Griffin’s surgery in January, recommended that Griffin not play in the preseason.
Griffin also said earlier in the day that he accepted Shanahan’s plan for getting him ready for the season but didn’t agree with every aspect of it.
“I love when somebody wants to play,” Shanahan said. “I love it when somebody wants to be out there. That’s a good problem to have as a head coach. …My job is to make sure that we do the best thing for Robert. And that’s what I’m going to try to do.”
Shanahan also said: “My job is to make sure he’s ready to play. … I know when the first game is. I’m gonna do what I think gives him the best chance to be ready for the first game. … I like competitors, though. I like people that want to go. The great ones do that. The great ones want to practice. They want to play. And Robert does petition you guys. I like it. It’s good.”
Shanahan said that Griffin is “doing a great job” in his comeback and he is “proud of everything he’s done.”
Said Shanahan: “I just don’t want to push him when we don’t have to. I just like where he’s at. He’s making strides. Hopefully there is no setback and he can be ready. But if there is a setback, we’ll have to adjust accordingly.”
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