RG3 takes next step

RG3 takes next step
August 21, 2013, 6:00 pm
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RG3 won't play unless the Doc says so

The next step in Robert Griffin III’s recovery began Wednesday when the star quarterback lined up against the first team defense in 11-on-11 drills for the first time since his knee surgery.

“I get to go out there, go against the defense, go against Fletch, Rak, Kerrigan, all of those guys,” Griffin said, referring to standout veterans London Fletcher, Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan. “That’s always fun. We’ll ramp it up.” 

Until now, Griffin had only faced the scout team defense – comprised mostly of backups – in 11-on-11s. Coach Mike Shanahan described Griffin’s involvement as being similar to what he would have faced in OTAs or minicamp had he been healthy.

“He did a good job,” Shanahan said of Griffin’s performance during the two-hour session, which was closed to the media.

“Today was the first day we’ve had him in team situations going against our defense full-speed, game situations,” Shanahan added. “Everybody needs those reps and that’s why we’re going to do it for two weeks before we get in our game week against Philly, so it was part of our game plan in getting Robert ready and we’ve got a couple of weeks to go and hopefully he keeps on progressing like he has.”

Griffin, addressing the media for the first time in eight days, was also asked about being examined by Dr. James Andrews on Monday night at FedEx Field. 

“He watched the pregame,” Griffin said of Andrews. “Then we worked out for about an hour and 30 minutes, and he liked what he saw. He examined me. He told me everything looks good, still on pace to go Week 1. But still no decision yet.”