Griffin says Andrews told him ‘everything looks good’

James Andrews, Robert Griffin III

Orthopedist James Andrews and Robert Griffin III shake hands while on the sideline during the Redskins-Steelers game Monday. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said Wednesday that orthopedist James Andrews told him Monday his surgically repaired right knee is healing well.

“He said, ‘Stay the course. The leg looks good, looks strong. Movement looks fine,’ ” Griffin said. “And I’m happy about that. I’ve done everything I can, like I said. I can’t say it enough times. This is all I can do and I have to leave it in their hands to go from here.”

Andrews, who performed surgery on Griffin’s knee in January, watched Griffin perform pregame drills Monday at FedEx Field and examined Griffin’s knee. The Redskins say Andrews will examine Griffin’s knee again after the preseason concludes and will decide then whether to clear him to play at the outset of the regular season.

“He watched the pregame. … He liked what he saw,” Griffin said Wednesday. “Then he examined me, told me everything looks good. So I’m still on pace to go Week 1 but no decision yet.”

The Redskins plan to withhold Griffin from the entire preseason. Griffin and Coach Mike Shanahan have targeted the Sept. 9 regular season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles for Griffin’s return to the lineup. But first, Andrews must give his approval.

Griffin also said Wednesday he won’t change his approach to being candid in his public comments after last week’s furor that arose after Griffin said he didn’t fully understand Shanahan’s plan for easing him back toward full-time duties. Griffin made an unscheduled appearance in front of the media the following day to say there was no conflict between him and Shanahan.

“It [stinks]. That’s why I had to come out and make that statement,” Griffin said Wednesday. “I sat down and talked to a few people to make a decision: Do I stop being who I am, stop being honest with you guys and giving you guys ammunition to turn against this team? Or do I just go into a shell and Bill Belichick it all week? I’m just gonna continue to be who I am.”

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