Is the NFL schedule an indicator that Robert Griffin III is truly ahead of schedule?
The Redskins will be hosting the Eagles on the opener for Monday night football on Sept. 9.
But the bigger meaning here is the fact that the Redskins are scheduled for a prime time game so early in the season. Soon after Griffin started his rehab there was word that the suits at the league and at the networks were very interested in keeping tabs on how well the star QB was doing. This was not necessarily out of any great concern for the Redskins’ franchise player but in part to see if one of the bigger attractions in the league would be available for early prime time games.
It looks like the league may have worked in a bit of a safety net early in the schedule. They have their bye during Week 5 before going to Dallas for a Sunday night showdown. Perhaps the hope is that if RG3 is not ready to go for the start of the season, the bye week might give him a chance to heal up before their second nationally televised game.
This doesn’t mean that it’s a lock that Griffin will be playing Week 1. Even if he is progressing well now but we’re still much closer to the date of his surgery, Jan. 9, than we are from the season, Sept. 9 and anything could happen.
But it’s a good sign that there is some level of faith that the knee will be good to go.