All is well. So says Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III a day after he talked candidly about the team and coach Mike Shanahan’s plan for his return from offseason knee surgery.
Griffin normally only addresses the media on Mondays but he ventured into the media room long enough Tuesday to make a statement that took about one minute. He took no questions.
Griffin said he “just needed to address something that’s been going around in the media since I had my press conference yesterday.”
“I just want everybody to know that if there’s any questions about whether there’s a rift between me and coach or if there’s a conflict — there is no conflict,” Griffin said. “Coach is coach, I’m the player. Coach has a plan and I’m abiding by that plan. I’m doing everything the coaches are asking me to do and I trust those guys. They want me to have a long career and that’s what part of this plan is about.
“Yesterday I voiced my opinion about it because I was asked about it and that’s been twisted and turned and tried to put against this team and that’s not what we want. Coach is coach. Kirk [Cousins], Rex [Grossman] and Pat [White] have done a great job all offseason … it is an honor for me to be in a quarterback room with those guys.”
And that was that. Shanahan said he didn’t put Griffin up to it, and that he had no idea what the quarterback had said Tuesday. He also said he wasn’t upset with Griffin’s initial comments, that he likes a quarterback who isn’t afraid to speak his mind and that he used to have some “knockdown, dragouts” with John Elway when he coached in Denver.
It was not a dull day at the Skins’ practice facility.
Shanahan opened his remarks with some bad injury news. Rookie safety Phillip Thomas, a rookie safety from Fresno State, does have a Lisfranc injury in his left foot. He’ll have surgery and is done for the year.
Thomas, the team’s fourth-round draft choice, injured the foot early in last Thursday’s preseason opener in Nashville. Shanahan indicated earlier tests showed no Lisfranc injury but further testing turned it up.
According to orthorinfo.org, Lisfranc injuries “result if bones in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn.”
Also Tuesday, there was a brief scuffle between receiver Aldrick Robinson and cornerback Chase Minnifield. Others quickly joined the fray and a displeased Shanahan called the team together to point out that two 15-yard penalties would have resulted from the fracas.
“How you practice is how you play,” Shanahan said.