Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is still shooting to be healthy enough to be on the field with his teammates when training camp gets underway in late July, but Griffin knows that there’s a possibility that his knee won’t be ready at that point.
And he knows that there’s a possibility that the knee might not be sound enough for him to play in the team’s preseason games, although that isn’t something Griffin sees as an obstacle to playing in the first week of the regular season. Griffin said last week that he doesn’t believe he needs to play in August to feel comfortable playing in September.
“I’ve thought about that and yeah, I would be comfortable with that,” Griffin said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “That’s all I can say. I have no control over whether I play in the preseason or not. I would be comfortable running out of the tunnel at FedEx Field with the smoke and everything.”
Coach Mike Shanahan concurred, saying that Griffin needed to practice with the first-team offense before he could play in a game but “not necessarily against an opponent.” While we don’t doubt that’s true, it seems unlikely that this scenario would play out later this year. The Redskins’ final preseason game is August 29 and they open the regular season on September 9 against the Eagles. If Griffin’s knee isn’t sound enough for the Redskins to feel comfortable with the risk of playing him in the first game, it’s hard to imagine the situation changing enough in the intervening days for it to make sense to play him in the opener.