RG3: "I'll be able to do more against the Cowboys"
Three days after being limited to a season-low total on the ground, Robert Griffin III says he expects to contribute more in the running game on Sunday.
“The knee is fine,” Griffin said Wednesday at Redskins Park. “Whatever I feel like I can do on that day, I will. [But] I’ll be able to do more against the Cowboys than I was against Philly.”
Griffin leads all NFL quarterbacks with 752 yards rushing, but the rookie was limited to four yards on two carries against the Eagles just a week after he was sidelined with a sprained right knee. It's unlear how much he was hindered by the cumbersome brace he sported on his leg in Philadelphia, but Coach Mike Shanahan acknowledged it did have an effect on his mobility.
“It’s always going to be a little different when you have a brace on," Shanahan said. "A number of quarterbacks I’ve been with wore braces their whole careers. They had to. I think Robert is used to it now.”
Shanahan also acknowledged that the coaching staff scaled back the playbook in an effort to protect Griffin against the Eagles.
“No. 1, when you have that type of strain, [during] that first week back, you don’t want don’t want to put [a quarterback] into a normal game plan,” Shanahan said. “You want to protect him a little bit.”
Griffin’s knee, however, is expected to continue to improve throughout the week leading up to Sunday's showdown against the Cowboys.
“I think as every day goes [by], and you see somebody get more comfortable, more comfortable, you have a gut feel [for] when he can do everything,” Shanahan added. “I really feel we could have done that against Philly. I just chose not to.”
During his weekly news conference, Griffin was also asked about his candidacy for a spot on the Pro Bowl team. Selections will be announced later Wednesday.
“I’ve always said my whole football career that you don’t play for awards,” he said. “Those just come. You don’t say you’re going to win the Heisman. You don’t say you’re going to win MVP. You go out and prove it on the field, and if everyone feels that way, then they’ll give you that award.”