FENNO: Now that RG3’s knee is rebuilt, it is time to reconstruct some trust

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Griffin suited up for the first preseason game, unheard of for veterans who aren’t going to play. Every veteran had the option to participate in warm-ups, Shanahan allowed afterward. Still, Griffin had been cleared to resume team drills that coming Tuesday, but after the game, Shanahan declined to confirm the step forward.

Griffin ended up doing the drills as scheduled.

The quarterback didn’t like Shanahan’s plan not to play him in the preseason, but adopted the “Operation Patience” monicker and abided by the coach, amid the leaks and counterleaks and non-answers and off-the-record comments where the private conflict has seeped into public.

An hourlong ESPN documentary last month called “RG3: The Will To Win” chronicled Griffin’s return. In addition to the starring role, the credits listed Griffin as the executive producer.

Between repeated shots of Gatorade and Adidas logos (Griffin endorses both companies), the artful hagiography ignored the simmering disconnect or, really, the legion of other NFL players returning from similar injuries without dramatics or documentaries. Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, for instance, tore the same ligament in the same game. While not of Griffin’s stature on the field or off, he’s returned at a similar pace and made the 53-man roster with little fanfare.

But the will to end the drama in Washington hasn’t been as successful. What should be lauded — the quick return to health of the franchise quarterback the Redskins sought for two decades, the one thing everyone in the fractious city can support — is instead corroded by passive-aggressive sniping.

Playing is the only way to end the problem. That comes, thankfully, at 7:10 p.m. Monday. Put both men on the field where they’re both doing what they do well, where they’re working toward the same goal and the soap opera can finally end.

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