The Washington Times - August 2, 2012, 06:39PM

Coach Mike Shanahan expects to play rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III for 12 to 20 plays during the preseason opener against Buffalo next Thursday, he said Thursday evening.

Griffin should expect to play the same amount as the rest of the first string, Shanahan said. Shanahan won’t give the rookie extra playing time.


“You know what I usually do with the starters, and I’ll probably do that this year, I’m using that first game anywhere from 12 to 20 plays,” Shanahan said.

“The second game they usually play a half. The third preseason game I usually play a series into the third quarter, sometimes I’ll get them out there at half depending on the number of plays. Fourth game they don’t play. That’s what I’ve done in the past. It probably won’t be too far from it this year.”

Asked specifically about Griffin’s playing time compared to the rest of the first string, Shanahan replied: “Doesn’t matter who it is.”

That means Griffin’s most extensive preseason playing time will occur against at FedEx Field on Aug. 25 in a nationally televised game against first-overall pick Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts.

Griffin should not expect to play in the other home preseason game, the finale against Tampa Bay on Aug. 29.