Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was cleared to practice on Wednesday and said after the session that he was feeling no aftereffects from the concussion he suffered during the Week Five loss to the Falcons.
“I felt sharp,” Griffin said, via Tarik El-Bashir of CSNWashington.com. “I felt good. No symptoms of a concussion or anything like that. No dizziness or [being] off balance. I’m not just saying that.”
Griffin said that he felt he would be ready to play this Sunday, although he still needs to get the green light for contact from doctors. Such a determination won’t come until they get a chance to evaluate him after each practice this week to see how he responds to the return to work. The clearance could come as late as Sunday morning or not at all, obviously, so the Redskins spent some time Wednesday preparing for the possibility that Griffin won’t be in the lineup. Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that Mike Shanahan wouldn’t divulge how many snaps Kirk Cousins and/or Rex Grossman took with the first team, but the coach did say Griffin took fewer snaps than usual on Wednesday.
Griffin also talked about the play that led to the injury and said that he knows he needs to do a better job of getting down or throwing the ball away in order to avoid hits like that.
“It’s not about being soft,” Griffin said. “I don’t have anything to prove to anybody. Everyone knows I’m a tough guy. I don’t have anything to prove. If you have to live to play another down, you live to play another down.”
If Griffin’s next down should come this weekend, you can bet the Redskins will be hoping he heeds his own words about playing safe.