Andrews “just said, ‘Stay the course. The leg looks good, looks strong. Movement looks fine,’ and I’m happy about that,” Griffin said. “I’ve done all I can. I can’t say that enough. And I’m leaving it all in their hands to go from here.”
Shanahan on Monday night confirmed he had met with Andrews about Griffin’s progress. But Griffin revealed Wednesday that the surgeon physically examined his knee. “He put his hands on me” and tested the strength and stability of the anterior cruciate ligament and lateral collateral ligament, Griffin said.
Griffin said Andrews didn’t give him any instructions on how he should proceed through the next three weeks leading up to the season opener and didn’t give an exact date for a final ruling on his availability.
Asked what remains unchecked on his to-do list, Griffin said, “I think for Doc, it’s just continuing to go out, perform well and not have any swelling and setbacks, and for Coach, it’s the same thing but also going out and performing well on the field, and that’s the goal. That’s what we want to do and just continue to move the team up and down the field, and everybody’s doing a good job.”
Wednesday kicked off Griffin’s second week of 11-on-11 practices. Last week, he took full-team drills three straight days while facing the scout-team defense. On Wednesday, he faced the starting defense in a full-speed game simulation for the first time, and according to Shanahan, “he did a good job.”
Andrews is expected to return at some point following the Redskins’ final preseason game Aug. 29 at Tampa Bay, examine Griffin again and then determine whether he should play in the season opener against Philadelphia. Shanahan also could have a say in the matter, however.
Asked about an ESPN report that team owner Daniel Snyder said Andrews alone would make the decision on whether Griffin would play, Shanahan said, “I would never go against the doctor anyhow. If the doctor didn’t feel he was ready to play, I sure wouldn’t play him. So, if [Snyder] said it or not, if Dr. Andrews said to me, ‘I don’t think Robert’s ready to play,’ I surely wouldn’t put him out there. But Dr. Andrews could tell me that he is ready, and if I thought something was wrong with Robert through a practice, I wouldn’t put him out there.”