Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start the team’s season-opener on Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to an ESPN report.
The network cited sources close to Griffin on Wednesday morning. He has practiced without restriction for the last two weeks and is set to be re-examined by Dr. James Andrews on Thursday with the Redskins in Tampa Bay for their final preseason game.
Griffin tore the ACL and LCL in his right knee during the Jan. 6 playoff loss to Seattle. He underwent surgery on Jan. 9. Washington coach Mike Shanahan has repeatedly said he would wait to declare Griffin ready for the opener until after he is cleared by Dr. Andrews, his surgeon. But the expected meeting in Tampa “is just a formality,” according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Certainly, recent signs have been positive. Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said that Tuesday “was a big practice” for Griffin because he again went through team drills against Washington’s No. 1 defense at full speed.
Griffin received increased repetitions during practice drills on Monday and head coach Mike Shanahan said that had nothing to do with the lingering injury to backup quarterback Kirk Cousins (sprained right foot). Reading the tea leaves isn’t difficult here.
“You’re hoping he’s 100 percent. The only reason I’m a little iffy on that is because I want to judge him every day,” Mike Shanahan said on Tuesday. “But I have not seen a setback. He looks good. Like I said, I’ve seen improvement – much improvement – from the first day to where he’s at now. When he first came out, just in his ability to move, his ability to scramble. Just the ease in which he practices.”
Griffin has repeatedly said he feels ready to start the opener. In an interview on Tuesday with ESPN 980 he said that he is “100 percent.” Not sure exactly how Griffin defines “100 percent” and it doesn’t seem like the Redskins coaches know, either. But it probably doesn’t matter. Barring a setback in practice next week Griffin will be on the field against Philadelphia 243 days after his surgery. He’s ready. And this time it’s for real.
“I don’t think anybody knows if you’re 100 percent except for the person who’s saying that,” Kyle Shanahan said on Tuesday. “Only you can know your own body. He’s such a good athlete he could fool me. He looks 100 percent to me. He can fly around, he can make the throws. There’s no gimp at all – obviously he wouldn’t be out there if he was.”