‘Similar reps’ for Griffin in practice in the coming days, Shanahan says

August 25, 2013

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)

Quarterback Robert Griffin III will continue to practice with the Washington Redskins’ starting offense against the first-team defense in the coming days in hopes of having Griffin ready for the opening regular season game, Coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday.

“He’s had a good week of preparation this week,” Shanahan said following the Redskins’ 30-7 preseason victory over the Buffalo Bills at FedEx Field. “He was in a lot of team situations, offense versus defense, some… work [against the scout-team defense] as well. He got a lot of reps this week, the majority of the reps, and there was no setback with his knee. That was a good sign. So hopefully next week he can get similar reps and be ready for the Monday night game.”

The Redskins are scheduled to practice Monday and Tuesday. Players are off Sunday. Their preseason finale is Thursday night at Tampa. Griffin is being withheld from the preseason and is not scheduled to play against the Buccaneers. Shanahan has said that orthopedist James Andrews will re-evaluate Griffin’s surgically repaired right knee after the preseason concludes and make a recommendation then about Griffin’s availability for the Sept. 9 season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.

“We’ll see,” Shanahan said. “If there’s no setback and Dr. Andrews is gonna evaluate him–I’m sure if there’s no setbacks, he’ll okay him. But I can’t say that for sure. Dr. Andrews will make that call.”

 

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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