“Well, you’re going to have to come to the game. You’re going to have to decide yourself what we’re doing,” Mike Shanahan said with a chuckle.
The coach made it clear, however, that he has no concerns about the stability of Griffin’s knee and said he expects to use the quarterback in full capacity.
“You’re always trying to take a look at what’s in the best interest of your football team, obviously the health of your football team as well,” Shanahan said. “But if we didn’t feel like Robert was full-go and he wasn’t ready to play and do all the things that you ask a guy to do, then he would not be playing in this game. We believe he can do everything that a quarterback is asked to do, and if that’s sprinting out, if it’s running the option, if it’s dropping back, we think he can do all those things because he’s proved it to us in practice, and there hasn’t been a setback, so that’s been a great sign.”
Griffin wasn’t made available to reporters, but his teammates said they had no doubt their quarterback would be ready to go by the start of the season and that they look forward to kicking off the 2013 campaign with all of their top players healthy.
“I’m excited that we have our team together, and he’s a part of that. He’s a part of what we did last year,” wide receiver Santana Moss said of Griffin. “As a receiver, we know how much he meant to us and how much he meant to this offense. I’m just excited to get rolling. Whether we see what we see, who knows? But we know that we have a lot to build on from where we’re starting at today to get to that moment. So every week is a week we can get better because we know the time that he’s missed, we can only get better.”
Notes:Washington agreed to a contract restructuring with defensive tackle Barry Cofield to save room on this season’s salary cap, according to a person familiar with the situation. The reworking of Cofield’s contract saves the Redskins about $2.4 million in salary cap space.
Cofield was to have a salary of $4.05 million this season. Instead, his base salary is reduced to $840,000 and he receives $3.21 million in bonus money.
Cofield practiced Monday while wearing a club cast on his fractured right hand and said he hopes to play next week. Shanahan said strong safety Brandon Meriweather’s status remains uncertain for the opener. Meriweather has spent the preseason working his way back from surgery last fall to repair a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.