RICHMOND—Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was optimistic Saturday afternoon after quarterback Robert Griffin III completed the first full week of training camp practices without suffering a setback to his surgically repaired right knee.
During the Redskins’ three-day break from training camp for Thursday’s preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, Shanahan will help determine during whether to advance Griffin to the next stage of their plan to ease him back into full participation.
“The only reason you wouldn’t keep on going forward with the game plan…[is] if there’s swelling, there was a setback, he doesn’t feel comfortable,” Shanahan said. “They key for us is not to push him too quick. You don’t know how he’s going to react in different drills. But right now, there has been no swelling. He feels very good, and that’s one of the reasons why he hasn’t had a day off.”
Wednesday was the last time Griffin’s participation increased. In each of four practices since then, he threw 17 passes during 7-on-7 drills. He also threw to receivers in one-on-one drills against cornerbacks.
Shanahan would not reveal the details of the plan’s next stage.
“If there’s no setback, I’ll share that with you next week when we implement it,” he said. “The reason why I don’t tell you at the beginning: If there is a setback, I’m not going to tell you anyhow.”
The Redskins have Sunday off after practicing six straight days in pads. They are scheduled to practice in Richmond on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is a travel day to Nashville for Thursday’s game. Friday is another day off, and practice resumes Saturday.
Griffin is not expected to play during the preseason. His next media session is planned for Monday.
He completed 13 of 17 passes Saturday. Most of his completions were short check-down-type throws.
His mechanics were as inconsistent as they have been since his 7-on-7 reps increased Wednesday. That resulted in inaccuracy and incompletions. Weak leg drive and incomplete follow-throughs combined with upper-body sloppiness on a few passes.
He bounced a 25-yard out to the left sideline. He overthrew a shorter pass to the right sideline when his front side opened and release point changed.
Shanahan indicated he is most concerned with how Griffin’s knee responds to stress. Those results have encouraged him. Griffin, after all, is not even seven months removed from surgery to revise the reconstruction of the ACL and repair the lateral collateral ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee.
“When you work with the drill work, you watch with the person going 30 minutes of individual work, he’s in special teams for 20 minutes for all different types of quarterback keeps, just different running drills that he does, and for that knee not to swell up is a big sign,” Shanahan said. “For him to be able to do 7-on-7 drills is a big sign for me for the first week.”