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King: “Little doubt” RGIII will be ready for Week One

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Most of the voices (sometimes conflicting) regarding whether Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will play in the regular-season opener against the Eagles have come from the organization or those directly attached to it.

An outsider now agrees with the currently prevailing view that, barring a setback, Griffin will be ready to go come September.

Peter King of SI.com writes that there’s “little doubt” Griffin will play, based on what King saw Griffin do at practice last week.  “He sprinted without a limp the 53-yard width of the end zone,” King says in his Monday Morning Quarterback column.  “Then, at nearly full speed, he planted his twice-surgically repaired right knee and pivoted left, up the sideline of the practice field.  It wasn’t the planting and cutting he’ll have to do in games, of course.  But it’s close.”

The next step for Griffin will be to secure clearance to make hard cuts on the knee.  Then comes clearance to practice.  With 13 weeks to go until his Monday night opener against the Eagles, it looks like clearance to play is, at this point, inevitable.

Still, it will be wise for Griffin and those close to him to constantly ensure that he’s not back on the field until he is truly 100 percent.  Opposing defenses — especially from teams in the NFC East — will be trying to hit him low after he leaves the pocket and loses the protection of the Tom Brady rule.

Some may even be inclined to hit him low in the pocket, trading the 15-yard penalty and the inevitable fine for a chance to rattle Griffin and/or to put him on the sidelines for the balance of the season, and possibly longer.  Right or wrong (and largely pushed out of view given last year’s bounty scandal), that mindset remains one of the basic realities of an inherently violent game.

And so Griffin shouldn’t play until he’s certain his body will be able to carry out precisely the instructions supplied by his brain, at the desired speed.  If he believes he can’t run away from contact, Griffin needs to get down.  If he can’t or won’t, it’ll be just a matter of time before someone gets another shot at a knee that has had two ACL replacements, and counting.

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34 Responses to “King: “Little doubt” RGIII will be ready for Week One”
  1. Iknoweverything says: Jun 10, 2013 10:13 AM

    I think its been proven already that Shanahan will play him regardless of he is healthy or not.

    This season, fans all across the country will realize that FraudIII was a mirage, something that the East Coast media overhyped and conned everyone into believing that the overrated QB was a superstar.
    All will realize that the best QB to enter that draft class and the best QB in the game is Mr. Russel Wilson. The true superstar of the game, and the new face of the league.

  2. num1eaglesfanyo says: Jun 10, 2013 10:16 AM

    If he is smart he won’t play week 1 against the Eagles. He’s looking for trouble if he does. Be prepared to be in the basement skins fans. Eagles are gona shock the world this year, num1!

  3. larrydavid7000 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:16 AM

    He is SUPER HUMAN !!!!!!!

  4. bucsfan5000 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:25 AM

    They’ll change the Brady rule to ban all low hits after leaving the pocket.

  5. godofwine330 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:25 AM

    Just the thought that someone will try to re-injure him on purpose makes Derek Rose’s decision NOT to come back this year sound even better. Teams know they are at a severe disadvantage with him out of the game, so they will try to take him out of the game even if they have to give up a 15 yard penalty? Just sad.

  6. logicaillvoicesays says: Jun 10, 2013 10:32 AM

    I knew this was happening. Just a little dissapointed because now not only can he not throw a deep ball he cant run effectivetly. Im just getting ready for a down year in Washington but maybe next year.

  7. joetoronto says: Jun 10, 2013 10:34 AM

    And you can take that to the bank because Peter King said so.

    Er, hang on a second.

  8. boyshole25 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:47 AM

    I still think cousins should lead the team for the first half of the season at least. Lambeau week two to watch rgiii and Rodgers duke it out will be sick but I wouldn’t mind cousins in there

  9. bigkountry24 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:51 AM

    I cant stress this enough to RG3 and the Shanny’s….DO NOT rush him back UNTIL he is ready!!! Please??????

    Do not throw this mans career way just for the start of a season. Fingers crossed!

  10. bucrightoff says: Jun 10, 2013 10:56 AM

    Little doubt he’s on the IR by week 8.

  11. 00reo says: Jun 10, 2013 10:59 AM

    define “ready.” the guy tried to play w/ a torn acl and they let him. is there really any doubt that he’ll be out there one way or another week 1? the real question is if he should

  12. dgreenfi says: Jun 10, 2013 11:04 AM

    53 yards? I won’t believe he is back until he can sprint 54 yards without a limp.

  13. bugorfeature says: Jun 10, 2013 11:15 AM

    He’s a running QB and that’s OK but he’s really got to learn when to slide.

  14. skinsfaninnebraska says: Jun 10, 2013 11:26 AM

    Griffin and Shanahan both learned important lessons last season. I believe we will see some subtle but important differences in the way Griffin approaches the game this year.

    This was a top-5 offense last year, with all eleven of the starters returning. Injured skill-position guys are healed up. Should be fun to watch.

  15. redskinsreloaded says: Jun 10, 2013 11:29 AM

    The knuckleheads are running afoot on here. Please keep hating on our team other NFL fans. With your lack of disrespect for this team you will surely be the ones that are dissappointed. Robert Griffin III will prove you all wrong again and again. Your lack of repect and foolish words are what drive athletes with determination. I for one know that is what Mr. Griffin definatly has plenty of. To all the haters sit back and watch cause your all gonna have to get used to the back seat. HTTR!!!!!!!!!

  16. deshackle says: Jun 10, 2013 11:47 AM

    Getting on the field and remaining on the field is two different issues. I’m sure RG3 will complete a miraculous physical recovery, but he need to get his mind right.

  17. logicailvoicesays says: Jun 10, 2013 12:16 PM

    Monday Night Football opener:

    Redskins 42 Eagles 0

  18. thirdistheworrd says: Jun 10, 2013 1:02 PM

    bugorfeature says:
    Jun 10, 2013 11:15 AM
    He’s a running QB and that’s OK but he’s really got to learn when to slide.
    ____________
    Griffin is not a running quarterback, and never has been. He’s a quarterback who can also run (albeit extremely well).

    That should be the major change we see this year: an offense designed around a quarterback who is a running threat, rather than offense that uses the Griffin’s running ability to move the offense down the field. The idea being to require the defense to keep a spy on Griffin at all times, while also minimizing the amount of running Griffin actually needs to do.

    I do agree however that he needs to learn how to slide; although if you look at his three injuries last year, one was a bad decision to run; the second he was sliding, but Haloti Ngata is the size of a dump truck, and accidents happen; and in the playoff game, he was done in by the shoddy field, not any sort of contact.

  19. thirdistheworrd says: Jun 10, 2013 1:09 PM

    deshackle says:
    Jun 10, 2013 11:47 AM
    Getting on the field and remaining on the field is two different issues. I’m sure RG3 will complete a miraculous physical recovery, but he need to get his mind right.
    ________________
    His mind right in what way? Griffin had one dumb play last year, the run against Atlanta that got him a concussion.

    The problem is that the playoff game is a damned if you do-damned if you don’t situation. He should not have insisted that he felt fine and wanted to keep playing, but Hindsight is 20/20, and if he had removed himself from the game, we would be talking about Griffin’s cowardice right now, and whether or not he had the guts to lead an NFL team.

    If you look for it, you can find a reason to hate any NFL player, the question is why are you looking?

  20. thirdistheworrd says: Jun 10, 2013 1:16 PM

    bobhk says:
    Jun 10, 2013 11:18 AM

    ———
    actually Wilson is the best qb in nfl history.

    Seahawks fans have got to be the stupidest people alive.
    _____________
    I heard the Spurs are trying to get permission to sign him to a ten day contract because they need someone who can play D on LeBron

  21. thirdistheworrd says: Jun 10, 2013 1:16 PM

    bobhk says:
    Jun 10, 2013 11:18 AM

    ———
    actually Wilson is the best qb in nfl history.

    Seahawks fans have got to be the stupidest people alive.
    _____________
    Plus if the Seahawks ever play a London game, Wilson will save them a bundle on airfare because he can just walk.

  22. Iknoweverything says: Jun 10, 2013 1:36 PM

    Mr. Russell Wilson will win more Super Bowls in his career than Luck or FraudIII.
    Mr. Wilson is a true leader and actually looks like a decent person(unlike that weirdo FraudIII)
    Dan Snyner regrets the decision every day to take the overhyped and overrated QB III instead of the Real Deal Wilson.

    Mr. Wilson can cure diseases, and grant wishes.
    FraudIII can play Reggae?

  23. skinswillsurprise says: Jun 10, 2013 3:30 PM

    Iknoweverything must be related to Dick Sherman. Dudes never know when to shut up!! Is Seattle that miserable? Have fun in the rain you losers!! HTTR!

  24. logicaillvoicesays says: Jun 10, 2013 3:43 PM

    Monday Night Football

    Eagles 38 Wash 0

  25. thirdistheworrd says: Jun 10, 2013 4:21 PM

    Iknoweverything says: Jun 10, 2013 1:36 PM

    Mr. Russell Wilson will win more Super Bowls in his career than Luck or FraudIII.
    Mr. Wilson is a true leader and actually looks like a decent person(unlike that weirdo FraudIII)
    _______________
    In museums, Russell Wilson is allowed to touch the art
    Sharks have a week dedicated to Russell Wilson
    Russell Wilson is allowed to talk abut Fight Club

    Russell Wilson is the Greatest Quarterback in the World.

  26. mrphootball says: Jun 10, 2013 4:25 PM

    Mr. Russell Wilson will win more Super Bowls in his career than Luck or FraudIII.
    Mr. Wilson is a true leader and actually looks like a decent person(unlike that weirdo FraudIII)
    Dan Snyner regrets the decision every day to take the overhyped and overrated QB III instead of the Real Deal Wilson.

    Mr. Wilson can cure diseases, and grant wishes.
    FraudIII can play Reggae?

    You are the epitome of a true hater. Seahawks got lucky with Wilson. If anything Wilson is more of a flash in the pan than RG3 or luck. Wilson has the luxury of playing at the toughest stadium fro 8 games plus have the best Defense in football.

    Do us all a favor and don’t comment anymore. You are making Seattle fans everywhere look stupid as all hell.

  27. channer81 says: Jun 10, 2013 4:49 PM

    Start Cousins anyway, build his resume so we can trade him, we need to re-coup some picks.

  28. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 10, 2013 5:01 PM

    vegas odds of IRG3 ending up on IR again by week 6 is 95%

  29. peytonsneck18 says: Jun 10, 2013 5:03 PM

    King: “little doubts that IRG3 will be back in his hoveround wheelchair by week 6″

  30. aoc57 says: Jun 10, 2013 5:08 PM

    Wow. Even a positive RG3 article and you have to put some sort of shot in there at him or the Redskins.

    You’re ridiculous Florio.

    Go ahead….delete this one too….

  31. anthonyb21 says: Jun 10, 2013 10:27 PM

    No one cares Peter King is def an anti Redskins fan and Thank you For finally voting Art Monk into the Hall of Fame when he should of been years of ago..

  32. skinsfan91 says: Jun 10, 2013 11:17 PM

    RGIII DAT DUDE.

  33. rex1979 says: Jun 11, 2013 9:53 AM

    RG3 Determination + Kyle Shanahan Offense + Kerrakpo + NFL Caliber Safeties = NFC East Champ REPEAT

    Rack it.

    HTTR.

  34. digrojones says: Jun 13, 2013 6:11 PM

    I like the ridiculously early score predictions! But it ain’t gonna be a shut out either way. Probably not too many shut outs for the Birds coming any time soon, but that’s fine. We’ll just score and score and run everyone down by the second half.

    Eagles 44 Foreskins 26

    Close til halftime then Foles and the Birds pull away against the worn out, overhyped skins

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