Several Washington Redskins players said Wednesday they never had any doubts that quarterback Robert Griffin III would be in the teamâs lineup for Monday nightâs season opener.
Coach Mike Shanahan did not officially name Griffin the starter for the opener until Monday, a week before the game. But Griffinâs teammates said theyâd been convinced long before that Griffin would return from his knee surgery in January in time to face the Philadelphia Eagles.
âI donât think we were thinking about it,â defensive tackle Barry Cofield said. âI think we were pretty confident. We knew how much work he put in over the offseason. It would have been a shock to us if he wasnât out there Week 1, just because of the hours that he put in in the training room and how hard he worked and the type of athlete he is.
âThereâs no mistake to me that a guy like Adrian Peterson, whoâs a freak of nature, would heal faster than the average guy and a guy like a Robert Griffin would heal faster than the average man. I mean, theyâre faster and theyâre stronger than the average man. So why wouldnât they heal faster? So itâs not a shock and itâs great to have him back. Itâs great that he has that burden off of him. Hopefully he wonât be on all the news cycle and every six minutes you wonât see Robert, Robert, Robert. Iâm sure he wouldnât mind that and weâd like to see some other guys up there, too. Itâs a great thing and weâre all excited for him.â
Cornerback DeAngelo Hall expressed similar sentiments.
âI donât think it was a big question mark for us,â Hall said. âI think we all kind of knew the person he was and he wants to be out there. So besides cutting his leg off or injuring anything, I guess, long term, he was gonna be out there with us no matter what it was. Itâs nice. Itâs nice to have, I guess, that pressure off of him or Coach as far as answering a ton of questions about the situation. But it is what it is. Heâs the headline here. So heâs gonna get a lot of questions. Weâre gonna get a lot of questions about him. But weâre here to play football.”
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