Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced Friday for the third straight day as he continues to progress toward playing through a mildly sprained right knee in Sunday’s road game against the Cleveland Browns.
Griffin’s status for Sunday’s game is expected to be determined on Saturday, coach Mike Shanahan said. The Redskins don’t plan to publicize it, though, until the list of inactive players are announced at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday.
“We’ll get a chance to evaluate him [Saturday] and talk to the doctors tomorrow and make a decision,” Shanahan said.
During the brief period of practice open to reporters, Griffin dropped back, planted on his right leg and threw passes to receivers during position drills. He also practiced handoffs.
Griffin moved quite well, but he favored his injured leg at times.
“He keeps on improving every day, so he’s much better today,” Shanahan said.
Griffin was not made available to reporters. He was listed on the injury report as being limited in practice and questionable for the game.
Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins would start if Griffin does not. Shanahan said Cousins had a “good week” of practice.”
“I’m excited,” Cousins said. “It’s a good week. It’s valuable experience. Anytime I can get reps with the [first-team offense] or with receivers, develop chemistry, it’s going to help me. There’s no amount of reps that I can get where I would ever have too many. I’m going to benefit from every single rep I get, always learn something.”
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan on Thursday emphasized the criteria that would help determine Griffin’s availability.
“I think Robert is going to be able to show us he can move well,” Kyle Shanahan. “It’s more is his knee stable enough and can he protect himself in there and is there a risk of a further injury.”