Former Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy said Sunday he didn’t think Griffin was fully healthy and that he believed backup Kirk Cousins should take his place in the lineup for the time being.
Then during a radio interview Tuesday, wide receiver Pierre Garcon said he believed Griffin’s bulky knee brace was slowing the quarterback down. On Wednesday, Garcon held firm in his stance and added that Griffin probably would have benefited from preseason snaps to help him knock off the rust.
Discussing Griffin’s knee, Garcon said, “We obviously know the elephant’s in the room. We already know what it is. But we just have to continue to deal with that and continue to play. It’s not something that can be avoided. It’s going to be talked about all year no matter what we do, no matter if we win or lose. It’s going to be talked about. So we just have to continue to play and play for our jobs.”
Meanwhile, Griffin’s most senior wide receiver said patience remains crucial.
“He just got back to playing, man,” said Santana Moss, a 13th-year veteran. “I mean, this is only like his second preseason game. You’re gonna go out there and run him crazy? To me, that’s how I look at it. These first two regular season games are just being two preseason games for this kid. You’re not gonna go out there and make him do a bunch of stuff that, you know, you’re not sure of. Once he gets his feeling back and, I think, the coaches confident with him doing all that stuff, then I’m pretty sure they’ll let him do more.
“But right now I don’t think that’s what we need to do to win games,” Moss added. “We have it in there. We have called it. But if they’re keying on him, then he’s not going to run the ball. And that’s what teams [are] doing. Teams are gonna come and key on him. So you’ll see him hand the ball off. And I’m glad he’s doing that because we don’t need that right now. We just need to do what we know how to do, and that’s make plays, and we’ll be able to try to win these games.”
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan chuckled when asked about Garcon’s stance.
“I don’t know if anybody remembers, but Dr. [James] Andrews said that there was no way he could play during the preseason. Does anybody remember that? We have to go back to this? Andrews said he could not play during the preseason. There was no chance for him to play.”