RICHMOND — Although Robert Griffin III has been cleared to begin practicing when the Redskins get to work on Thursday, it’ll be in a limited capacity. During full-squad action, Kirk Cousins will lead the first-team offense as he did during the offseason practices.

Eventually, Griffin will progress to 11-on-11 portions of practice. However, apparently Griffin likely won’t see any action in preseason games, so Cousins would run the first-team offense there as well.

Griffin and the Redskins coaches believe he could be ready to open the season as the starter without having played in a preseason game. Cousins doesn’t have a problem with that scenario.

Kirk Cousins, Pat White Kirk Cousins will remain the starter in 11-on-11 portions of practice for the time being. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Cousins said even if he got the lion’s share of the work in the preseason games, there will be no strain or disappointment if Griffin steps in as the starter for the opener.

“Everyone knows – including myself – that this is Robert’s team,” Cousins said Wednesday, the day before Washington’s first practice of training camp. “And it’s my job that any time Robert’s not able to play, that there’s not a drop off, offensively, from Robert to myself. That’s a lot to ask of myself, but that’s the expectation, and I need to make sure that happens. It’s my job to be a very good insurance policy.”

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