Andrews watches Griffin’s workout before preseason finale

August 29, 2013

Doctors Anthony Casolaro and James Andrews, among others, watch Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III work out prior to the Redskins preseason finale in Tampa. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

TAMPA — Orthopedist James Andrews spoke to quarterback Robert Griffin III before the Washington Redskins’ preseason finale here Thursday night.

Andrews, who performed surgery on Griffin’s right knee in January to repair tears of the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, is to re-examine Griffin’s knee and decide whether to give final medical clearance for Griffin to start the Redskins’ season opener Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field.

Several Redskins players and others familiar with the situation said earlier this week they firmly believe that Griffin will receive such clearance from Andrews and start the opener. One person with knowledge of the matter said the team had come to regard Andrews’s final clearance as a mere formality.

Andrews and other team doctors for the Redskins stood on the field at Raymond James Stadium as Griffin worked out for about a half-hour prior to the game. Other Redskins officials also watched Griffin’s workout, after which Griffin and Andrews left the field together.

Andrews cleared Griffin to practice at the outset of training camp and re-examined Griffin’s knee at the Redskins’ second preseason game. Griffin said then that Andrews told him that his knee looked good and advised him to stay the course. Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said at that time that he expected Andrews to clear Griffin to start the season if Griffin’s knee didn’t suffer a setback.

Griffin, last season’s NFL offensive rookie of the year, is to sit out Thursday night’s game against the Buccaneers. Shanahan eased Griffin back toward full-time duties during training camp and opted to withhold him from the entire four-game preseason.

Shanahan has said he believes that Griffin will be ready for the opener merely by participating in practices at full speed. Several Redskins players and others familiar with the situation said that Griffin took practically all the snaps in practices last week and this week and looked rather good doing so.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at mike.jones@washpost.com with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag.

What’s ahead:

● Postgame coverage from Jones, Mark Maske and The Takeaway, from Jason Reid.

● The second round of cuts, due by 4 p.m. Saturday, requires rosters to go from 75 to 53.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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Keith McMillan · August 29, 2013

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