Coach Mike Shanahan seems intent on being cautious about Robert Griffin’s health, and that approach will continue even after his quarterback returns from extensive right knee surgery.
Shanahan was reluctant Wednesday to revisit the decision to keep Griffin in Washington’s playoff game against Seattle in January after Griffin aggravated his knee injury during a pass on the Redskins’ second possession. However, he indicated Griffin will never play unless he is fully healthy.
“If somebody…might get injured, it’s your gut to take somebody out,” Shanahan said. “Sometimes it changes from year to year. I know mine does with different players. Every situation is different. Sometimes you make the right call. Other times you don’t.
“At the end of the day, you’re always hoping you learn from your mistakes, whatever they are. At the end of this year, we go into next year, one thing we will make sure of is that Robert never plays if he’s not 100 percent.”
Shanahan expects to get a better feeling for Griffin’s honesty about his health over time. He also believes Griffin will be a better judge of his health and get a better feel for Shanahan’s decision making in such situations.
Of course, Shanahan acknowledges aches and pains always affect players, so collaboration will be important.
Shanahan at the owners’ meetings last month would not comment on whether Griffin apologized to him for insisting on staying in that playoff game after aggravating his knee injury.
Griffin on Jan. 9 had surgery to revise the reconstruction of the ACL and repair the lateral collateral ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee. He is expected to be ready for the season opener on Sept. 9.