The Post Sports Live crew debates whether quarterback Robert Griffin III should start against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday if he is back to full-strength. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)

Washington Redskins Coach Jay Gruden acknowledged Thursday that he has every intention of starting Robert Griffin III at quarterback Sunday at Minnesota now that the team’s doctors and trainers say Griffin is 100 percent healthy.

“There’s no cons of playing him now if he’s healthy,” Gruden said. “If he’s ready physically, then I think he should play, and that’s what it comes down to.”

Gruden stopped short of naming Griffin the starter, nonetheless, leaving wiggle room in case the quarterback suffers a physical setback or struggles with his timing or decision-making Friday in practice.

“All the doctors are on board; the trainers are on board,” Gruden said. “As far as physically, he looks great. He looked great last week. This week he looks fine. It’s just a matter of seeing him with the team drills and how he throws, and go from there.”

Asked what hurdles he wants Griffin to clear, Gruden said: “I want to see him decisive with the ball, throwing the ball with accuracy, decisive feet in the pocket — very important. Make sure he’s not jittery; make sure he’s not tentative whatsoever with his reads, his decisions. Make sure he’s confident, plays with that confident air that he has — that everybody loves — moving forward.”

The Post Sports Live crew predicts what will happen when the Redskins take on the Vikings in Minnesota on Sunday. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)

In the unlikely scenario Griffin doesn’t start, Colt McCoy would. After taking over at halftime against Tennessee Oct. 19, McCoy, 28, engineered the winning drive, and Monday, he led the Redskins to a 20-17 overtime victory at Dallas.

“We have every intent of [Griffin] starting,” Gruden said. “But you know, who knows?”

Both Washington and Minnesota are 3-5 entering Sunday’s game at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium, which is serving as the Vikings’ home this season and next.

Gruden’s plan would bring Griffin back squarely in the middle of the six- to eight-week window that several orthopedic specialists projected for a highly conditioned athlete who dislocated an ankle without breaking any bones. Griffin suffered the Sept. 14 injury absent contact; he simply landed awkwardly while making a terrific throw on the run.

It was Griffin’s second major leg injury in a 20-month span and the third of his football career.

Once again, Griffin proved himself a quick healer and eager competitor, showcasing his return to form with sideline passing demonstrations prior to Washington’s “Monday Night Football” appearances on Oct. 6 and Oct. 27.

Griffin, 24, took the majority of snaps with the first-team offense during Thursday’s practice. Team officials did not make him available to reporters, but he’s expected to take questions Friday.

The Post Sports Live crew circles Manning vs. Brady, New Orleans at Carolina and Arizona at Dallas as the NFL games to watch in Week 9. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)

During the brief portion of practice that reporters may observe, Griffin completed throws in succession to wide receivers Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and tight end Jordan Reed. He missed a few throws later in practice, Gruden said, adding that there was time to get that corrected.

“He’s a play-maker,” left tackle Trent Williams said of Griffin. “Obviously, his athleticism brings a different dynamic to the decision, so we’re happy to get him back.”

Said tight end Niles Paul: “At the end of the day, it’s Robert’s choice. If he’s in pain, it’s up to him to tell Coach he’s in pain. He looks full-go to me. We’re excited to have him back.”

Griffin’s running ability adds an explosive element to Washington’s offense. The mere threat of his running could draw defenders away from running back Alfred Morris, who has yet to post a 100-yard game this season.

The wisdom of starting Griffin on Sunday will be debated, given that the game is on the road, the Vikings’ defense is formidable and the team has a bye week following that would allow for an additional week of recovery without missing a game. But Griffin’s determination to get on the field has precedent. Largely at his own insistence, Griffin returned from offseason surgery to start last year’s season opener and, with a heavy brace on his right knee, led Washington to a 3-10 record before Coach Mike Shanahan benched him, saying it was in the best interests of both player and team.

Entering this season, Griffin took part in all offseason and preseason work but played just five quarters before injuring his ankle.

NFL players aren’t necessarily the most reliable judge of when they’re ready to return from injury. This week some voiced concern that Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, 34, successfully persuaded team officials to let him return to Monday night’s game against Washington after a sack left him in obvious pain less than a year after undergoing back surgery. Gruden, however, said he had total confidence that Redskins officials wouldn’t put Griffin at risk.

“There is no way they would think about clearing Robert unless they knew for sure he was 100 percent,” Gruden said. “It’s intact; it’s steady; it’s structurally good. So there is no reason not to play him from a physical standpoint.”