Monday was a day of new things for Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III.
He saw an uptick in reps during the walkthrough portion of practice and debuted a new haircut when he met the media after the session was over. He said that he changed the do because he was entering a new phase in his recovery, one that he said will include his first snaps during 11-on-11 team work on Tuesday.
“You’ll get to see me play football, not just do 7-on-7. Live action…have fun with my boys,” Griffin said, via the team’s website.
Griffin would also like the next phase of his preparation for the regular season to include action in preseason games, something that coach Mike Shanahan has said doesn’t make sense as part of their effort to reach their goal of having Griffin healthy for Week One. Griffin doesn’t see the door as totally closed, however, and said Monday that he’s going to try to change some minds.
“Let’s get that straight — I want to play in the preseason,” Griffin said.” It’s a hard ‘no’ right now…my job is to make that a yes.”
Griffin’s desire to get on the field for a game as soon as possible is understandable, but there’s not much reason to think that a Redskins staff that has moved the quarterback along slowly thus far will suddenly change tracks and put him in the lineup for a game that doesn’t count in the standings. Doing 11-on-11 work in practice will likely remain Griffin’s closest simulation of a game until he’s on the field against the Eagles in September.