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While the rehab is tough, Griffin said it’s easier to endure because he also had an ACL injury while playing in college at Baylor. There were times during Thursday’s practice when he seemed to be favoring the knee, but he was able to run and plant as he ran drills with what he called the “all-world uncleared team” that included fellow rehabbers Pierre Garcon and Fred Davis.

“As long as you can get a little bit of work in, you still feel like you’re part of the team _ even though we’re separated from the team,” Griffin said.

Griffin said the next two phases in his comeback are “explosive sprinting” and “cutting,” both of which he hopes to accomplish in the next month or so. The Redskins keep saying he’s “ahead of schedule,” but it’s too early to gauge how much he’ll be able to practice when training camp begins in late July.

“I really don’t know what `ahead of schedule’ means, except for the doctors, they keep saying he’s ahead of schedule,” Shanahan said. “We want to be patient with it.”

Griffin’s good-natured demeanor was a contrast to his sharp words in a pair of recent Twitter rants. Last month he tweeted that Americans “are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness” and this week hit back at criticism he received for posting a photo of a pile of wedding presents sent to him by fans.

“It’s really been crazy,” Griffin said Thursday. “You really can’t do anything or say anything without it being blown out of proportion. When it comes to the political correctness tweet … the only thing I will say about that is there’s a difference between political correctness, common sense and being offensive.”

Griffin, who is getting married in July, then thanked the fans for the gifts that started pouring in after his wedding registry was made public.

“I didn’t ask you guys to do that,” he said, addressing the fans. “The media made that public, and you guys decided to get me gifts out of the generosity of your heart. … Anything else that came after that, criticism and stuff like that, you’ve just got to move on and not worry about it.”


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