Robert Griffin III will play when he’s 100 percent healthy, despite backup Kirk Cousins’ performance in Sunday’s win, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. It’s unclear whether that will be in time for the Redskins’ Week 16 game at the Philadelphia Eagles.
Griffin, who suffered a Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee Dec. 9, did not play against the Cleveland Browns. Cousins started in his place, throwing for 329 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Griffin will be evaluated “day-by-day” Shanahan said, and he’ll be under center for the Redskins when he gets clearance from doctors.
“We’re going to play Robert when he’s a hundred percent,” Shanahan said. “When that ligament’s fine and the doctors feel that there’s no chance for injury, that he can go out there and perform at the level in a game situation without injury, we’re going to go with our starter.”
Shanahan said doctors will continue evaluating Griffin to see improvement. It’s uncertain whether the rookie quarterback will take part in a full practice Wednesday.
“When [doctors] feel like that LCL is ready to go and he can play, they’ll let me know and then I’ll announce it to you guys,” Shanahan said. “He’s getting a lot of treatment. He looks good, as I think a lot of people saw him before the game. He got treatment today. So, hopefully it’s not too long [until] the doctors OK him and he’s ready to practice full-speed.”