Eyes on Richmond: How healthy is RG3?
In just 22 words, Robert Griffin III on Monday morning answered the biggest question facing the Redskins as they prepare to open training camp later this week.
The star quarterback said via twitter that doctors have cleared him for practice, which begins later this week week in Richmond. According to a league source, he is not expected to begin the camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in. Thank you for your support & See you in Richmond— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 22, 2013
It’s the good news Griffin and the Redskins had hoped to hear from Dr. James Andrews and the team’s medical staff. Griffin, who was married July 6, returned from his honeymoon last week and worked out for Coach Mike Shanahan and other team officials in Ashburn on Monday, a source confirmed.
Players are scheduled to report to Richmond on Wednesday and practice for the first time on Thursday.
Griffin’s tweet, however, also left some questions unanswered because he also cautioned that Shanahan will “ease” him back into the swing of things.
What does that mean for Griffin in the short term? Well, it’s probably safe to assume the reigning offensive rookie of the year will be on the field for Thursday morning’s walkthrough. His participation level during the team practice later that afternoon is less certain.
It would seem likely that Griffin won’t immediately assume a full workload, if he’s involved at all the first week. It could also mean that he’ll skip a practice or two each week.
If Griffin starts Sept. 9 against the Eagles on Monday Night Football, it will mark exactly nine months to the day since Andrews performed a revision on the ACL in his right knee. Griffin also had the LCL and meniscus repaired, as well.
Griffin is scheduled to meet with reporters in Richmond either Wednesday or Thursday, according to a schedule distributed last week by Redskins’ media relations.