The Washington Times - August 5, 2013, 01:07PM

(UPDATED 7:52 p.m.)

RICHMOND—Robert Griffin III’s ‘Operation Patience’ is being tested as he enters the second full week of Redskins training camp.


Coach Mike Shanahan has held Griffin out of 11-on-11 practice situations as he carefully eases Griffin back from Jan. 9 surgery on the ACL, lateral collateral ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee.

“Coach will tell you something else, but obviously I’m ready to move on,” Griffin said Monday. “I’m ready to go to team reps. I’ve just got to keep doing what Coach asks me to do.”

Through nine days of practice entering Monday, Griffin participated in 7-on-7 drills, threw to receivers in one-on-one drills against defenders and performed agility drills during individual side sessions.

“The good thing about Robert – he hasn’t had any setback,” Shanahan said. “We do have a plan for him. He may not always like that plan, but that’s my job sometimes not to be liked. My job is to do the best thing for him. That’s what I’ll do.”

Griffin during his weekly media session sounded a bit frustrated, which is not surprising given his history of insisting on playing through injuries. He seems to be channeling any frustration into determination to return as fit and effective as ever.

He suggested that media and fan scrutiny are affecting the timetable at which Shanahan is dictating his return. Griffin also characterized Shanahan’s plan to ease him back into full participation as a bargain between coaches and him.

“You can say whatever you want about what he’s doing—I could feel any kind of way about it—but at the end of the day, we all have to be on the same page, and that’s what I’m trying to do,” Griffin said. “Just do everything the coaches ask me to do, show them that my rhythm and timing is there, show them that I can play, and at the end of the day, they have to come through for me and play me Week 1 if I do everything they ask me to do.”

Griffin said his right knee is free of soreness, as evidenced by the fact he has not missed a practice. In contrast, two Redskins who had ACL surgery before Griffin did—rookie running back Chris Thompson last November and safety Brandon Meriweather in December—have missed significant practice time because of knee soreness.

“Everything from the timing to the mechanics of everything that I’m doing out there that the coaches are asking me to do, whether it’s a plant throw, hitch throw, a deep throw or short throw, I feel like I’m in tune with all that, and that the leg’s not an issue,” Griffin said.

Shanahan plans to re-evaluate Griffin’s practice status when the Redskins break from camp for three days to play Thursday’s preseason opener against Tennessee. Shanahan on Saturday would not divulge details about the next stage of Griffin’s return.

“Hopefully it involves some team reps,” Griffin said. “I kind of know what the plan is, but it also up to be changed based on how I feel after this week. Hopefully I can get out there and get with the team, start doing more team-like activities, and I’ll just go from there.”