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Robert Griffin III still expects to play with aggressive style

Robert Griffin III said his latest injury will not cause him to alter his playing style. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Robert Griffin III is raring to go and hopes to show his coach and team doctors enough for them to grant him clearance to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

The quarterback said he feels no weakness or instability in his knee and has no doubt he can play effectively. Griffin said that whenever he does return to the field, he will not have any hesitation.

After his first injury this season – a concussion suffered in Week 5 – Griffin said he learned he needed to do a better job of protecting himself and knowing when to slide. Griffin injured his knee on a late-game run when he took off after a breakdown in pass protection. He picked up 13 yards and was getting down when he was hit and injured his knee. But the rookie said this injury didn’t teach him anything.

To do it all over again, Griffin said, he would have tried to pick up yards just the way he did, rather than throwing the ball away. Griffin also said that going forward, he will not be more prone to throwing the ball away on a broken play to avoid injury.

“The day I think about throwing the ball away at the beginning of a play, I should stop playing,” Griffin said. “It’s just something that happens. I’ve thrown the ball away this year, but it’s not something you take into a game plan. ‘Alright. I’m going to go 1-2 and throw it out of bounds.’ I just think that’s a faulty approach to the game, but I get where everyone is coming from. I continue to protect myself. This latest injury could have happened to anybody. I was getting down. It is what it is and I have to move on from that.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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