Even though the Redskins and Robert Griffin III continue to say he’ll be ready for their week one opener against the Eagles, Dr. James Andrews still hasn’t cleared Griffin for action, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post.
Orthopedist James Andrews observed Griffin participating in drills before Washington’s 24-13 preseason victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night at FedEx Field, then examined Griffin’s knee and discussed plans for the next steps in the quarterback’s rehabilitation with Griffin and Redskins officials.
But Andrews did not make a final recommendation about Griffin’s playing status for the season opener Sept. 9 and no firm decisions were Monday, according to those involved in the deliberations. Shanahan said that Andrews will re-examine Griffin following the Redskins’ preseason finale Aug. 29 in Tampa.
“I did talk with Dr. Andrews before the game,” Shanahan said. “He feels great about Robert’s progress. He really feels the same was as he did before camp with practice. He feels good about him practicing. He doesn’t feel like we should put him in any [preseason] games. He’s going to re-evaluate him after the Tampa game and then he’ll make a decision, at least from his perspective, where he’s at.. . . If there is no setback, he thinks he’ll be ready.”
Girffin told an ESPN sideline reporter last night that the decision for him to play may not be made until right before their season opener.
“It could come up to the Sunday before the game,” Griffin said. “There’s no rush. It’s just about us all being on the same page. And I already actually talked to [Andrews] and we met. He says everything looks good. We’ve just got to keep going from here.”
The Redskins are relying on Dr. Andrews to give the green light for RGIII to play or not.
“If Dr. Andrews felt that his knee wasn’t ready, we surely wouldn’t play him,” Shanahan said. “I don’t know what the communication was. I hate to make a comment on what hearsay is. I’m not exactly sure what was said. But we surely wouldn’t play him if we didn’t feel it was in the best interests of Robert and this organization to play him.”