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Robert Griffin III: I’m full speed and ready to play

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III laughs during the team's pre-game warm up for their NFL football game against the Browns in Cleveland Reuters

The Redskins still haven’t said whether quarterback Robert Griffin III will play on Sunday, but Griffin said after practicing today that he thinks he’s good to go.

Griffin said he was able to practice at full speed and saw no reason at all that he won’t be the starter on Sunday at Philadelphia after missing last week’s game against the Browns with a knee injury.

“I was able to go through a practice, so that was good and I felt good,” Griffin said. “I’m ready to play.”

Of course, Griffin thought he was ready to play last week, and the team overruled him. So it’s possible that he won’t be able to go no matter how ready he feels, and Griffin acknowledged that “it is frustrating” that the medical and coaching staffs might hold him out even though he wants to play.

Backup quarterback Kirk Cousins, who started last week, also met the media after today’s practice, and he said he isn’t sure whether he’s playing Sunday or not. If it’s up to Griffin, however, there’s no doubt: Cousins should be headed back to the bench.

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38 Responses to “Robert Griffin III: I’m full speed and ready to play”
  1. redskinpotatoes says: Dec 19, 2012 2:19 PM

    With McCoy back it only seems fair that we get RG3. :)

    Division games are usually tough, so having these two players back would really help both teams.

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Dec 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    Sounds like dude wants to get out in front of the coaches and force them into playing him. Weird. Not letting his coaches use the injury strategically? C’mon, man! The difference in preparing for RGIII & Cousins has got to be huge.

  3. szwhtsup123 says: Dec 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    Whether he plays or not, gooooooo Eagles!

  4. prince5000 says: Dec 19, 2012 2:23 PM

    Skins > Giants, Cowboys

  5. cubano76 says: Dec 19, 2012 2:25 PM

    Sit till next week!!!!!!

  6. skinzfan10 says: Dec 19, 2012 2:25 PM

    Get ‘em Griff!

  7. cooklynn17 says: Dec 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    Ready to get slapped…

  8. cwillz13 says: Dec 19, 2012 2:30 PM

    Welcome back RGIII.. really need a win this sunday! please slide from now on!

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 19, 2012 2:36 PM

    As long as the Eagles win, I don’t care if he plays or not.

  10. rtant2013 says: Dec 19, 2012 2:38 PM

    He also didn’t have a full practice last week, which he did today. From what Shanahan said they will announce it tomorrow. I fully expect RG3 to be back and have another 4 td game against the Eagles.

  11. djstat says: Dec 19, 2012 2:45 PM

    Go Eagles! Dan Snyder deserves no satisfaction as an owner

  12. onearmsteven says: Dec 19, 2012 2:48 PM

    djstat says:
    Dec 19, 2012 2:45 PM
    Go Eagles! Dan Snyder deserves no satisfaction as an owner

    but Lurie does?

  13. parenthesis78 says: Dec 19, 2012 2:49 PM

    I dont care who wins .. we just need to win out and get this nfc east title .. dont want our playoff chances hinged on anyone else losing .. just win out ..

  14. youknowwhatsgoodforshoulderpain says: Dec 19, 2012 3:02 PM

    Eagles are gonna have a rough time this weekend.

  15. ceschatz says: Dec 19, 2012 3:09 PM

    it won’t matter because the cowboys will stomp them the last week anyways.

  16. cowboyhater says: Dec 19, 2012 3:10 PM

    Let’s get off the Dan Snyder hatewagon. When’s the last time you have heard from the owner? He no longer intervenes in football decisions, and most of his work has been charitable. I’m assuming the hate comes because we have an owner that has been willing to do what it takes to bring a winning team to the fans of DC. He has made a ton of mistake as an owner, which has created this mess, but now as you all can see, the football people are now making all the football decisions. He is now just standing in the background supporting the staff of this organization. This has been a fun year, and in my view this team has exceeded my expectations. If they get to the playoffs at this point, that will be a bonus. All I know is that as a skins fan, we actually have some hope in DC. HTTR!! (Hail To The Redskins)

  17. ccjcsr says: Dec 19, 2012 3:13 PM

    What s he trying to prove? He already has won the respect from the locker room!

  18. iceburgskin202 says: Dec 19, 2012 3:13 PM

    RG3 or Cap’n Kirk either way we need a W!!! HTTR!!!!!

  19. somesome says: Dec 19, 2012 3:20 PM

    Griffin will not ever play a complete season and be done in less than 4 years. Who wants Vick now? Physically Vick was twice the man that chicken leg Griff is ….

  20. clw1906 says: Dec 19, 2012 3:23 PM

    ceschatz says:
    Dec 19, 2012 3:09 PM
    it won’t matter because the cowboys will stomp them the last week anyways.

    Much like they did on thanksgiving? *AWKWARD SILENCE* the RGIII chants still reverberate through out Jerryland stadium!

  21. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 19, 2012 3:23 PM

    I’m not a Redskins fan, but this guy is tough to root against.
    Plays great, says the right thing, seems like he has his head on straight.

  22. wolfmagic2012 says: Dec 19, 2012 3:37 PM

    I’d like to see RG3 play, but not at the expense of re-injury if the docs think he’s not ready. Everyone on the team has stepped up their game. The coaching has been good if not great. The D still looks porous, but has shown marked improvement these last 5 games. Been devoted Skins fan for 30 years, and I’ve got more hope and excitement this year than any of those 30… Let’s go win it ALL yo?

  23. cash804 says: Dec 19, 2012 3:45 PM

    Hate is love!

    It’s hilarious that all the RGIII haters on PFT take the time out of their miserable lives to open an RGIII story and comment…you MUST love him as much as we do!

    HTTR!!!

  24. jwreck says: Dec 19, 2012 3:49 PM

    johnnyjagfan says: Dec 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    Sounds like dude wants to get out in front of the coaches and force them into playing him. Weird. Not letting his coaches use the injury strategically? C’mon, man! The difference in preparing for RGIII & Cousins has got to be huge.
    ______
    Just like Aaron Rodgers forces the coaches to play him over Graham Harrell each week. Reporters asked Griffin how he felt, and he said he felt fine.

    He’s a kid who loves the game of football, let him do his thing. When you try to nitpick and find fault with the syntax of Griffin’s every sentence, the only one who comes out looking like a fool is you.

  25. wludford says: Dec 19, 2012 3:57 PM

    I think RGIII plays this Sunday. Despite the collapse of the Eagles this year, division games are usually tough and hard fought, and the Redskins can’t afford a loss if they want to win the division.

  26. kylexitron says: Dec 19, 2012 4:04 PM

    as a Seahawks fan I’m pulling for him and the ‘Skins. Would love to see an RG3 v. Russell Wilson matchup. Entertainment right there no matter who you root for, and without all those interceptions that other rookie QB throws.

  27. duncanthecat says: Dec 19, 2012 4:06 PM

    2/3 of the stadium will be Redskin’s fans. The stadium will be rocking to deafening calls of “RGIII”.

    Wish I could be there.

  28. frenzy95 says: Dec 19, 2012 4:14 PM

    jimnaizeeum says:
    Dec 19, 2012 3:23 PM
    I’m not a Redskins fan, but this guy is tough to root against.
    Plays great, says the right thing, seems like he has his head on straight.

    _________________________________

    But he’s not the kind of guy you want to hang out with, right Parker?

  29. nicepak381 says: Dec 19, 2012 4:22 PM

    Took some AP sauce?

  30. joegibbsisking says: Dec 19, 2012 4:25 PM

    somesome says:
    Dec 19, 2012 3:20 PM
    Griffin will not ever play a complete season and be done in less than 4 years. Who wants Vick now? Physically Vick was twice the man that chicken leg Griff is ….

    ————————————————

    Wow. Digging into the alcoholic egg nog a little early, I see…

  31. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 19, 2012 4:46 PM

    cowboyhater says: Dec 19, 2012 3:10 PM

    Let’s get off the Dan Snyder hatewagon. When’s the last time you have heard from the owner? He no longer intervenes in football decisions, and most of his work has been charitable. I’m assuming the hate comes because we have an owner that has been willing to do what it takes to bring a winning team to the fans of DC. He has made a ton of mistake as an owner, which has created this mess, but now as you all can see, the football people are now making all the football decisions. He is now just standing in the background supporting the staff of this organization. This has been a fun year, and in my view this team has exceeded my expectations. If they get to the playoffs at this point, that will be a bonus. All I know is that as a skins fan, we actually have some hope in DC. HTTR!! (Hail To The Redskins)

    —————-

    Two weeks ago, coming out of his mouth recklessly about the Giants.

  32. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 19, 2012 4:48 PM

    ccjcsr says: Dec 19, 2012 3:13 PM

    What s he trying to prove? He already has won the respect from the locker room!
    ————

    He doesn’t want to lose his job. Ask Alex Smith.

  33. jwreck says: Dec 19, 2012 5:14 PM

    ccjcsr says: Dec 19, 2012 3:13 PM

    What s he trying to prove? He already has won the respect from the locker room!
    _________
    Clown questions, bro.

    What are Rodgers, or Manning, or Manning, or Brees, or Brady trying to prove? They all have the unquestioned respect of the locker room and Super Bowl rings to go with it. So why do they keep starting each Sunday?

    Because they’re football players. They’re competitors and they go out there to win games every Sunday. Maybe the better question is what would he be trying to prove if he wasn’t practicing at full speed, if he didn’t want to play in a big divisional matchup next week, if he was content sitting on the sideline, doing as much to help his team win as the cheerleading squad?

    Griffin, like him or not, think he’s going to last two seasons or not, is a football player. And as long as he’s in the NFL, he’s going to do everything he can to be ready to play every week. Players who don’t love the game don’t last very long in the pros (see Russell, JaMarcus and Haynesworth, Albert).

  34. peytonsneck18 says: Dec 19, 2012 5:35 PM

    He’ll be on crutches and IR after this game!!

  35. hovenaut says: Dec 19, 2012 6:31 PM

    The kid is speaking from the heart. He’s hungry, and knows what is on the line.

    I’m glad he’s a Redskin.

  36. kerryc21realty says: Dec 19, 2012 7:00 PM

    Rg3 is a tough kid and loves the game, I want to hear from all the people that were calling him rgleaf and rgir. And all the people who said shanny would not use his skills, where are you all now?

  37. westclaims says: Dec 19, 2012 9:15 PM

    The guy is good, real good. It’s a shame that’s not enough. Has to run his mouth, and play the diva. I think it scared him that Cousins performed well in his abscence.

  38. jwreck says: Dec 20, 2012 10:51 AM

    westclaims says: Dec 19, 2012 9:15 PM

    The guy is good, real good. It’s a shame that’s not enough. Has to run his mouth, and play the diva. I think it scared him that Cousins performed well in his abscence.
    ________
    Did he hold some nationally televised press conference to announce tat he felt healthy and ready to go? No. Did he make any negative comments about the coaching staff for holding him out of last week’s game? No. Reporters asked him how he felt and he responded honestly. His answer is the answer you’d expect from any NFL player returning from injury.

    I hate to repeat a comment I made yesterday but:

    He’s a kid who loves the game of football, let him do his thing. When you try to nitpick and find fault with the syntax of Griffin’s every sentence, the only one who comes out looking like a fool is you.

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