The practice activities of quarterback Robert Griffin III are expected to be intensified in the coming days at the Washington Redskins’ training camp, according to two people with knowledge of the team’s planning.
One person familiar with the situation said it is expected that Griffin’s first drills against an 11-man defense will take place on Tuesday. It wasn’t clear how significant his workload would be, however.
Another person with knowledge of the Redskins’ broad planning for Griffin said that Griffin, barring a setback, is likely to take part in some full-team drills “soon” but did not say precisely when that is expected to happen. Both of those people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
It is not clear how firm the Redskins’ plans for Griffin’s activities are. Coach Mike Shanahan has said he would stick to his training-camp plan for Griffin’s practice workload unless Griffin suffers a setback. Shanahan has declined to say publicly when he will allow Griffin to participate in full-team drills at training camp.
Griffin is expected to have at least one more day of scaled-back practice activities when the Redskins return to work Monday at their training camp facility in Richmond.
The second-year quarterback appears eager to take the next step in his comeback from knee surgery in January. Griffin said last week that he felt he was ready to have his practice workload increased. But Shanahan said then that he would stick to his plan for Griffin’s activities in training camp, while refusing to say specifically when he will permit Griffin to take part in 11-on-11 drills.
Shanahan said Saturday in Richmond: “What we are going to do for a couple of days is get him some walk-throughs at the start of practice with our offense. We will do that for a couple of days. And then we will get in the game-plan week, which will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.”
Shanahan has withheld Griffin from full-team drills thus far in training camp. Griffin’s practice work has been limited to seven-on-seven passing drills and a few other activities. Shanahan has permitted Griffin’s number of snaps in seven-on-seven drills to be increased as training camp has progressed.
Griffin also took part in drills before Thursday night’s preseason opener at Tennessee. Griffin was in uniform and walked to the center of the field with other team captains for the pregame coin toss. He did not play in the game. Shanahan has said he intends to withhold Griffin from the entire four-game preseason.
The Redskins remain hopeful of having Griffin in the lineup for the regular season opener Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Griffin and Shanahan have said that Griffin has suffered no setbacks during training camp.
The team’s practice scheduled for Saturday in Richmond was rained out. Redskins players had Sunday off as scheduled. The team has a morning walk-through and an afternoon practice scheduled for Monday. The Redskins will practice in Richmond through Friday, then break camp and spend the remainder of the preseason based at their regular season training facility in Ashburn.
Griffin is the reigning NFL offensive rookie of the year. He underwent surgery three days after the Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks to have tears of the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his right knee repaired.
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● Monday’s practices are at 10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. If you’re headed to Richmond, check our our guide to training camp for tips on getting autographs, where to park and things to do after the session is over.
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