Shanahan smiled when asked if he plans to string the uncertainty out until the game.
“Probably,” he said through a big smile.
For now, though, Griffin and team doctors continue to analyze his condition. There is much to consider.
Griffin relies heavily on instincts and athleticism to escape pass rushers and move the ball. When he tore the ACL in his right knee at Baylor in 2009, he couldn’t make the sudden, instinctive cuts that set him apart from other quarterbacks.
He tried to test that element of his game during practice Wednesday, but game action is difficult to simulate.
“Whenever you can’t see your leg or plan that you’re going to make a certain movement, can you make that explosive step? I was able to do that today,” Griffin said. “Hopefully I’ll be able to do it more and more throughout the week.”
There’s also the question of whether Griffin would risk more knee damage by playing. Because the LCL stabilizes the knee, a stretched or slightly torn ligament — which Griffin’s is — could compromise the joint during athletic activity.
Doctors, however, have not emphasized that as a possibility, Griffin said. His knee brace is designed to provide that stability.
He was fitted for a new brace, which is not uncomfortable, he said.
“If I feel like I can give the team the best chance to win, then I’ll play,” Griffin said. “If I can make sure I ensure my safety out there and my health and my career, then I’ll go out there and play. And if not, then I won’t.”
Meanwhile, Cousins is preparing as though he will start the game.
He normally practices only with the scout team offense. He wouldn’t comment on Wednesday’s distribution of practice repetitions, saying he was advised not to in order to maintain any competitive advantage the quarterback uncertainty might give the Redskins.
“Anytime you can get reps, you’re going to get better,” he said.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur, though, isn’t about to engage in a guessing game.