Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged what had been expected all along: that Robert Griffin III will start for his team when Washington opens the season on Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
“I feel very good about where Robert’s at, and he’ll be our starter on Monday night unless there’s some crazy setback that we don’t anticipate,” Shanahan said after Monday’s practice.
He later added that all along, his stance had been that if Griffin didn’t have a setback, he would start. Shanahan said Griffin has had no swelling, soreness or setbacks, and that’s why he is starting.
“I don’t know why it’s a surprise that Robert is our starter,” the coach said.
Shanahan said that he, Griffin, orthopedist James Andrews, general manager Bruce Allen and head trainer Larry Hess took part in a conference call Sunday and that Andrews shared the concerns he had coming away from the physical conducted on Griffin last Thursday. Shanahan wouldn’t share what matters concerned Andrews, but he said “everyone’s on the same page,” and that he has no doubt that Griffin can play without limitation.
“If we didn’t feel like Robert was full-go, we would not be asking him to play in this game,” Shanahan said before adding that Griffin is capable of rolling out, dropping back, sprinting and running the option if asked to do so.