- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Washington Redskins‘ locker room was almost empty by the time Robert Griffin III finally got to his stall Wednesday afternoon. He and the other two quarterbacks stayed after practice to throw to receivers. Then Griffin hosted a 12-minute news conference that ESPN televised. 

Linebacker Chris Wilson was nearby when Griffin arrived, which was sufficient. Griffin was too excited to keep it to himself, and Wilson was an available listener.

Griffin talked up how live his throwing arm was during practice, the product of last week’s unwelcome hiatus due to a mildly sprained right knee.

Wednesday’s session was auspicious overall. Griffin is on track to start Sunday against Philadelphia after fully participating in practice with the first-string offense.

“I felt good,” Griffin said. “It was exciting to get back out there and practice with everybody. I’m ready to play whenever they want me to play.”

He said he felt no weakness or instability in his knee after taking live reps at full speed.

Doctors on Thursday will evaluate how Griffin’s lateral collateral ligament responded to Wednesday’s workload.

“Hopefully there’s no setback, no swelling with the knee,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “He’ll be evaluated through the week, and when the doctors tell me the [ligament] is ready to go, I’ll announce when he’s ready to go.

“They’ll look at it tomorrow, and hopefully they’ll tell us it is full go, but I’m not sure when they’re going to make that decision.”

Griffin moved fine during the brief period of practice open to media. He planted on his injured right leg and threw a variety of passes, as he did last week. He also practiced rolling out.

“Last week he was moving pretty good, too, but he did look good today,” Shanahan said.

After practice, Griffin stood in one place and threw 15-yard passes to receiver Pierre Garcon, who was stationary.

Garcon seconded Griffin’s assessment of his velocity.

“He had some time off, so he got some energy and strength back into it to get some hard throws,” Garcon said.

Griffin’s prognosis, then, seems quite favorable as the Redskins move toward Sunday’s critical game. They would clinch their first division title in 13 years by winning that game and against Dallas on Dec. 30.

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