Shanahan pleased with RG3's progress

Shanahan pleased with RG3's progress
August 3, 2013, 3:30 pm
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RICHMOND—If Robert Griffin III continues to progress without suffering any swelling in his surgically repaired right knee, the Redskins quarterback will move onto the next phase of his rehab following the Tennessee game, Coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday. 

What precisely that phase entails, though, remains unclear.

“After the game, we have a little bit of a different game plan,” Shanahan said, referring to Thursday’s contest in Nashville. “If there is no setback, I’ll share that with you next week.”

Shanahan then cracked, “The reason I don’t tell you at the beginning is [because] if there is a setback, I’m not going to tell you anyway." 

This much Shanahan would share: everyone was pleased with Griffin’s first nine days of practice.

“I thought he had a good week,” the coach added. “The best part about it there wasn’t any setback. You have a plan going into your first week and you’re hoping you can execute that game plan. We were able to do that. Next week we have another game plan for him, and we’ll see if he’s able to go through that.”

The first phase saw Griffin participate in individual and 7-on-7 drills, with his workload increasing from eight reps to 10 to 16. He won’t join 11-on-11 sessions until the team deems him ready. Right now, it’s unclear when that will happen. But every day that RG3’s knee responds well, it’s getting closer.

“The only reason you don’t keep on going forward with the game plan you have … is if there is any swelling, a setback, he doesn’t feel comfortable,” Shanahan said. “The key for us is not to push him too quick. You don’t know how he’s going to react to certain drills. Right now there has been no swelling and he feels very good. And that’s one of the reasons he hasn’t had a day off.”