The Washington Times - March 11, 2013, 08:31PM

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on Monday expressed optimism about quarterback Robert Griffin III’s recovery from knee surgery but acknowledged Griffin’s status for the regular season won’t be clear until July.

“Robert is doing well,” Shanahan said. “He’s getting some great work in here. He’s working out a couple times a day, about six, seven hours. He’s ahead of schedule. According to Larry [Hess, Redskins head athletic trainer], that means the muscles are stronger than he anticipated.

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“He’s doing everything he can to be ready for this season. Is he going to be ready? I have no idea. I’m sure keeping my fingers crossed. And if work has anything to do with it, he probably will. But I’ll be able to tell you more about that in July.”

Griffin had surgery on Jan. 9. He has said he will not compromise his future to play in the season opener.