Orthopedist James Andrews observed quarterback Robert Griffin III doing pregame drills on his surgically repaired right knee Monday night at FedEx Field and was expected to discuss plans for the next steps in the quarterback’s rehabilitation with Griffin and Washington Redskins officials.
But Andrews was not expected to make a final recommendation about Griffin’s playing status for the regular season opener on Sept. 9 and no firm decisions were to be made on that subject Monday, according to several people with knowledge of the deliberations.
“They’re talking but they’re not deciding anything at this point,” one of those people said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.
Andrews, who performed surgery on Griffin’s knee in January to repair tears of the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, was on hand for the Redskins’ preseason home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. It was the first time that Andrews had seen Griffin in person since the week before the Redskins opened training camp late last month in Richmond. Andrews cleared Griffin at that point to participate in training camp.
Andrews stood on the field with Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen and Larry Hess, the team’s head athletic trainer, while Griffin went through a series of drills before the game. Griffin spent about 40 minutes doing the drills and had sweat dripping off him when he was finished.
Griffin threw passes to wide receivers Donte Stallworth, Chip Reeves and Nick Williams. He took shotgun snaps, performed drop-backs and rollouts to the left and right, made throws on the run and went through change-of-direction drills.
Andrews was expected to talk later to Griffin, Allen, Coach Mike Shanahan and owner Daniel Snyder about Griffin’s recovery.
Griffin was not scheduled to play Monday night and Shanahan has said he will withhold the quarterback from the entire four-game preseason. But Shanahan has said he expects Griffin to be ready to play in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx Field unless Griffin suffers a setback. Griffin has said he has no doubt that he will play against the Eagles.
Shanahan has eased Griffin back toward full-time duties. Griffin did not participate in full team drills in training camp until last week. Griffin has expressed his disagreement with Shanahan’s plan, saying he does not fully understand it. Griffin has said he wanted to return to full team drills sooner and would prefer to play in the preseason.
But Griffin, after expressing his disagreement last week with Shanahan’s plan, made an unscheduled appearance before the media the following day to say there is no conflict between him and Shanahan. Shanahan has said he is doing what he thinks is best for Griffin, not necessarily what the quarterback wants. Allen said late last week he saw no controversy in the issues involving Shanahan and Griffin.
Kirk Cousins was to make his second start of the preseason Monday as the team’s fill-in starter for Griffin.
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