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RG3 avoiding setbacks in recovery from concussion

- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2012

Quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced Thursday for the second straight day, the latest step in his recovery from a concussion suffered Sunday in the Washington Redskins' loss to Atlanta.

Griffin, who normally takes 85 to 90 percent of the practice repetitions, took 75 to 80 percent Thursday, coach Mike Shanahan said.

He remains on course to play against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

"It didn't look like there was any setback," Shanahan said. "He looked fine."

The breakdown this week of Griffin's final play against Atlanta added some insult to the injury. Griffin acknowledged a touchdown was available on that third-and-goal from the 3.

The Redskins lined three receivers to the right in a bunch formation. Receiver Joshua Morgan was open in the back of the end zone because Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson came forward to cover receiver Santana Moss' shallow cross underneath.

"In hindsight, yeah, I would have probably would have thrown that ball," Griffin said. "But it was definitely a look that we hadn't seen on film. Stuff like that happens sometimes. You're going to miss some things."

"Anytime you're a rookie, you're not going to be automatic in all those situations," offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said. "The good thing with Robert is he can watch the film, and he always keeps it real and he's an honest person who's hard on himself. He could see that he could have made that."

Brown targeting return

Jammal Brown's surgically repaired left hip is improving, and the right tackle is optimistic he can return to game action Nov. 18.

Brown, who is on the physically unable to perform list, had a torn hip ligament removed from his body during surgery Aug. 23. The torn ligament had gotten "stuck in the hip" and was causing Brown pain, he said. It wasn't discovered in an MRI; a specialist identified that problem during surgery

"After the surgery, about four days later, it was amazing," Brown said. "Once he got it out, I could do everything all over again. Get off the crutches sooner than I was supposed to. I'm ahead of schedule right now. I just got to keep going."

He tore the hip ligament during conditioning drills July 25, the day the Redskins reported to training camp. A doctor initially did not recommend surgery, but eventually that changed.

"They was afraid that the structure of my hip, something was wrong, but everything structurally, the labrum, everything was fine," Brown said.

"I could have torn that same [ligament] and probably not even known that it was torn, but the fact that it got stuck in the hip and my movement, from me squatting and doing a bunch of that, it worked its way in there, and that's what was causing all the pain."

Brown is eligible to begin practicing from Tuesday to Nov. 6. Once he begins practicing, the Redskins will have 21 days to add him to their active roster. Shanahan hopes Brown will be healthy enough to play the first game after the bye week, which is Nov. 18 at home against Philadelphia.

Brown visited the doctor last week, which fostered optimism.

"He told me I was way ahead of schedule, but now he just wants to be cautious," Brown said. "I guess he was nervous that I was recovering so fast, but ain't nothing structurally done, so I can just keep pushing."

Injury report

Defensive lineman Doug Worthington (calf) did not practice. Cornerback Cedric Griffin (right hamstring) was limited.

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