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Redskins swiftly deny report on Dr. Andrews’ advice for RG3

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When a report surfaced Saturday that Dr. James Andrews was recommending that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III sit out the first few weeks of the regular season to allow his knee more time to heal, the team acted fast to deny it.

Philadelphia radio and TV reporter Howard Eskin wrote on Twitter on Saturday, citing unnamed sources, that Dr. Andrews had recommended to the Redskins that they not play Griffin until after their Week Five bye, which would mean Griffin wouldn’t get on the field until Week Six at Dallas on October 13. Eskin added, however, that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was expected to play Griffin in Week One regardless of Andrews’ recommendation.

The Redskins quickly put out word that the report was false. Although the team didn’t make any official statement, multiple Redskins beat writers heard from an unnamed team source who denied the report. Chick Hernandez of CSNWashington.com, John Keim of ESPN and Mike Jones of the Washington Post all took to Twitter to say that a Redskins source had told them the report is false.

Shanahan, who took some criticism for his handling of Griffin’s knee injury in the Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seahawks, has insisted all offseason that he will follow the recommendations of the medical staff in determining when to put Griffin back on the field. So it’s no surprise that the “unnamed team source” quickly spoke out to say that the Redskins wouldn’t do anything to jeopardize Griffin’s health.

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66 Responses to “Redskins swiftly deny report on Dr. Andrews’ advice for RG3”
  1. offthelows says: Aug 17, 2013 4:20 PM

    But Eskin also wrote “@Ryanfoodie totally real from rock solid source” about his RG3 item… it could also be something where Andrews’ original timeline was a return in week 5, but during rehab, he met recovery goals at a faster pace, so they bumped it up.

  2. Talk football or shut your pie hole... says: Aug 17, 2013 4:21 PM

    Some things don’t change… let’s hope that whatever the right thing to do is what they do and another injury is avoided if possible.

  3. 12444uggg says: Aug 17, 2013 4:22 PM

    Who’s wearing the pants again?

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 17, 2013 4:23 PM

    The earphone is connected to the iPhone, and the iPhone is connected to the touchtone, the touchtone is connected to the knee bone, and the knee bone is connected to the end zone, and…..

  5. haansel82 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:24 PM

    It kinda makes you sad when you realize Shanahan is going to destroy RG3. You have an incredible backup in Kirk Cousins, who could probably start of quite a few teams, use him, do not jeopardize RG3 again, and let his strength return.

  6. wwwfella says: Aug 17, 2013 4:25 PM

    wow a false report from a reporter from philly who just so happens to be the skins week one opponent. im shocked

  7. logicalvoicesays says: Aug 17, 2013 4:25 PM

    If Robert Griffin says he’s ready them by god he’s ready. #superhuman

  8. jimr10 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:26 PM

    Who is this unnamed sorce..he sure knows what is going on

  9. gloryfromheaven says: Aug 17, 2013 4:26 PM

    What was Shanahan supposed to do in the playoff game especially when RG3 gave them a 14-0 lead? Can’t just suddenly bench the guy, he would’ve gotten criticized for putting in Cousins as well. It was a lose lose situation for him unfortunately…

  10. umainebearman says: Aug 17, 2013 4:27 PM

    Wonder whose job will be lost if that knee gets injured before week 5?

  11. tmcgee102 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:28 PM

    How would a philly guy have better sources about RGIII than the Redskins reporters?

  12. mackcarrington says: Aug 17, 2013 4:28 PM

    It’s obvious that the Skins and Dr. Andrews have some trust issues.

  13. redfield11 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:29 PM

    Original report coming from a news group in a rival teams city, not going to put much stock in the credibility.

  14. mutohasaposse says: Aug 17, 2013 4:31 PM

    Sole negative about rg3 is that the media finds the need to stir the pot about every single thing he does. The need to establish friction is irksome.

    Now if rg3 randomly gets hurt in the first few weeks people will say Shannahan ignored Andrews advice regardless of knowing whether Andrews even said anything.

    The last few years the Jets and Eagles (Dream Team) incited their own media circuses. Hopefully RG3, the Skins, and Shanny can ignore the media circus that is being created when they themselves aren’t really stirring the pot.

  15. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 17, 2013 4:32 PM

    Report or no report, lets just hope they do what is right for the player (in this case RGIII). I don’t trust Shanahan at all – remember this is the same guy that ran Terrell Davis into the turf in a short time frame, and left to his own devices (as we saw in the Seahawk playoff game) will do it to RGIII too.

    Owner/GM/Medical staff should handle this and keep Shanahan out of the mix on any decision for a return timeframe. They should also not listen to RGIII wanting to come back early – what is a few weeks of a season vs your whole career?

  16. gohawks89 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:33 PM

    I have said it before
    I will say it again
    WHO FRIGGIN CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    enough already
    also would just like to add that he should be called by his name Robert griffin.
    no nick names till you have done something in this league …just saying

  17. 1oldpro says: Aug 17, 2013 4:33 PM

    Just get Dr. Andrews to back them up publicly and there is no problem, right?

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 17, 2013 4:33 PM

    Meh, I’m sure that opposing players have probably forgotten that RegularGuyThree is coming back from a major knee reconstruction. That was last year. Unless something reminds them of it.

  19. tvjules says: Aug 17, 2013 4:33 PM

    As long as Andrews has his little shed on the sideline with his healing elixirs, RG3 is good to play anytime.

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 17, 2013 4:35 PM

    Sounds like Eskin better recheck his sources and clarify the truth of the matter. Right now he’s coming across as a liar.

  21. tmcgee102 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:42 PM

    historyisyourfriend: Shanahan has always said he would abide by the medical staff. And he has always said he would not play RGIII in the preseason. I’m pretty sure he realizes what type of player RGIII is and will do all he can to protect the team’s investment.

  22. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 17, 2013 4:45 PM

    Forever LOLSKINS.

  23. FlyFromTheInside says: Aug 17, 2013 4:46 PM

    Eskin is an idiot and always has been. His “exclusives” rarely pan out.

  24. The Shoeman says: Aug 17, 2013 4:46 PM

    Why Worry ?

    Shanahan says he’ll stake his reputation on Grossman, Beck

  25. joe6606 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:47 PM

    Everyone from Philly knows that eskin is a know-nothing has been who hasn’t been connected to break legitimate news stories in 20 years. I would never trust a word he says

  26. gzinn18631 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:48 PM

    When you are good, haters hate twice as hard because they are scared. I love it. HTTR.

  27. zatoichi7 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:52 PM

    historyisyourfriend
    Aug 17, 2013 4:32 PM
    Report or no report, lets just hope they do what is right for the player (in this case RGIII). I don’t trust Shanahan at all – remember this is the same guy that ran Terrell Davis into the turf in a short time frame
    —————————————————
    apparently history is not your friend, because you have to make it up. terrell davis was injured trying to make a tackle after a brian griese interception.

  28. ubepunkedagain says: Aug 17, 2013 4:52 PM

    Induce panic among Redskin fans.

  29. mackcarrington says: Aug 17, 2013 4:52 PM

    You notice in the accompanying picture that Griffin is grabbing Shanahan’s arm and holding his injured leg while saying, “I’m fine coach! Let me stay in the Game!”

  30. jrebar88 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:54 PM

    Why is Robert Griffin consulting with doctors? Shouldnt some simple prayers have cured him a long time ago? Trust in your god and see how long you last this season.

  31. bunjy96 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:58 PM

    gohawks89 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:33 PM

    I have said it before
    I will say it again
    WHO FRIGGIN CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    enough already
    also would just like to add that he should be called by his name Robert griffin.
    no nick names till you have done something in this league …just saying

    NNNN

    SO that’s his real name. Never knew that. Who started this RGIII anyway? He sure hasn’t earned it.

    What NFL player is RGII or RG I.

    That’s like that punk down at Texas A&M being called Johnny Football. He’s nothing more than a little soiled brat rich kid. Hope he gets suspended over his autograph signing.
    Apparently even his parents either can’t control him or won’t.

  32. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 17, 2013 5:05 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:

    If Robert Griffin says he’s ready them by god he’s ready. #superhuman
    _______________________

    Lol poor deluded logical……

    What the same way he said he was ready to go back into that playoff game and the result was his knee getting scragged ?

    Or the superhuman way he overcame that injury in the playoff game and went back in and won the game ?

    Oh wait………..

  33. concord148 says: Aug 17, 2013 5:09 PM

    Another false report – again – they said Tebow played terrible last nite against T Bay that’s not true. Tebow completed one pass.

  34. thevet700 says: Aug 17, 2013 5:12 PM

    Eskin is a moron! I’m a long time Eagles fan and most of us don’t believe a word he says. For the last 14 years he has been a long time Andy Reid apologist but before that he was a well documented COWBOY’S fan. He will tell you he was a Jimmy Johnson fan but we all know the truth, Eskin is nothing more than a spin doctor. If his so Spike ( a real reporter) reported it, I would tend to believe him.

  35. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 17, 2013 5:14 PM

    zatoichi7 says:
    Aug 17, 2013 4:52 PM

    —————————————————
    apparently history is not your friend, because you have to make it up. terrell davis was injured trying to make a tackle after a brian griese interception.
    ———————————-

    I don’t post to argue or hurl insults, but here’s facts for you:

    1996 345 rush attempts for 1538 yds
    1997 369 rush attempts for 1750yds
    1998 392 rush attempts for 2008 yds

    Next 3 years after that? 67, 78, and 167 rush attempts (after injury) for a grand total of 1194 yards.

    Shanahan rode that horse straight into the ground (and 2 titles) and then just shot him after he was done.

    history… is your friend….

  36. drexelvol says: Aug 17, 2013 5:16 PM

    Consider the source though. Howard Eskin is barely a reporter.

  37. jchuber says: Aug 17, 2013 5:17 PM

    yup, same ole shanahan. He’d sell his mother to win a game, and everybody he knows to win a superbowl. a real Jerk with a capital J. and his son is following dads footsteps. Don’t confuse me with facts, my minds made up.

  38. kingpel says: Aug 17, 2013 5:28 PM

    How the Giants don’t win this division every year is beyond me. The Skins, Eagles and Cowboys are always in the press for the wrong reasons.

  39. zatoichi7 says: Aug 17, 2013 5:31 PM

    @ history is your friend
    the only relevant fact is that terrell davis was injured making a tackle. until then he was fine and after he never was the same. you can spin it any way you want. i did notice you moved from facts to interpretation with “Shanahan rode that horse straight into the ground (and 2 titles) and then just shot him after he was done” which is quite a stretch. by your logic gale sayers was run into the ground by his coach too. yes, history is my friend, yours not so much.

  40. chuckpac says: Aug 17, 2013 5:32 PM

    I’m from Philly. I can’t stand Howard Eskin. Never could. Was glad when he was off the radio.

    But I have to give the devil his due. He is a fine journalist. He just recently had the scoop about the Sixers owners buying the devils, something nobody else had a whiff of. If I were a redskin fan or even a football fam in general, thus report would definitely scare me.

  41. historyisyourfriend says: Aug 17, 2013 6:03 PM

    zatoichi7 says:
    Aug 17, 2013 5:31 PM
    @ history is your friend
    the only relevant fact is that terrell davis was injured making a tackle. until then he was fine and after he never was the same. you can spin it any way you want. i did notice you moved from facts to interpretation with “Shanahan rode that horse straight into the ground (and 2 titles) and then just shot him after he was done” which is quite a stretch. by your logic gale sayers was run into the ground by his coach too. yes, history is my friend, yours not so much.
    _______________________

    Eh, obviously you just want to argue. Just remember that when you grind a RB for over 1000+ carries in 3 seasons major injury is a near certainty as anything in this life. Normally 350 carries in ONE season, much less 3 is bad for a RB. That injury was coming no matter what.

  42. Florio_Jr. says: Aug 17, 2013 6:11 PM

    Did Shanahan brainwash Eskin, too?!

  43. ososrule says: Aug 17, 2013 6:12 PM

    Crutches and wheelchairs…

  44. gammynomnom says: Aug 17, 2013 6:25 PM

    Simple solution really. Have the Dr make a public statement on his opinion of when he should return to play.

    Case closed. Is there a gag order in DC?

  45. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 17, 2013 6:35 PM

    Cue the Bozo the clown music…….IR-ehab-G3

  46. macker1283 says: Aug 17, 2013 6:39 PM

    Yea Shanahan, why listen to “doctors”…what do they know.

  47. skinsfan91 says: Aug 17, 2013 6:42 PM

    What’s a comment like “crutches and wheel chairs” mean? You’re saying RGIII is going to be disabled? You guys want him to get hurt? What happened to having some class?

  48. dwats says: Aug 17, 2013 6:50 PM

    BobG3 is a reject. He belongs with this sorry organization.

  49. baldeaglejohnie says: Aug 17, 2013 7:14 PM

    looks like you might want to call Donavan afterall. serious!

  50. baldeaglejohnie says: Aug 17, 2013 7:16 PM

    let’s try that again. with some proper spelling Eagle fan here :-)

    looks like you might want to call Donovan after all . serious!

  51. edavidberg says: Aug 17, 2013 7:16 PM

    Griffin already has had two torn acls. Has anyone come back from three? A sensible team would hold him out until the bye, but then if the Skins were sensible he never would have torn his acl to begin with.

  52. banlarson says: Aug 17, 2013 7:29 PM

    AP’s freakish return in 8 months at RB will never be duplicated. All it did was put pressure on guys like Revis and RGIII to do the same. It’s still a 1 year injury and 2 years to be 100%. Peterson just is inhuman. Let the kid rest like the doc recommends. You have a more than capable backup in Cousins. Why risk further injury.

  53. zatoichi7 says: Aug 17, 2013 7:30 PM

    @historyisyourfriend nope, don’t want to argue, just can’t sit idly by when people say stuff that just isn’t so. agree with you that the more wear and tear any player has, the chance for injury goes up. terrell davis’ career was not cut short because shanahan ran him into the ground. it could have happened, but we’ll never know, because he didn’t get that opportunity. for you to say that “Shanahan rode that horse straight into the ground (and 2 titles) and then just shot him after he was done” is reckless. everyone is different, you just can’t make a blanket statement like that. eddie george ran over 300 times in a season eight years in a row, even eclipsing 400 attempts once, and never missed a game. bottom line is in davis’ case, his career was effectively finished when he was injured trying to make a tackle, not because shanahan gave him too many carries. also pretty obvious that shanahan has learned a lesson from what happened last year and will take care of rg3.

  54. skinsfan91 says: Aug 17, 2013 7:37 PM

    Season will start. RGIII will dominate and all you chumps will be nowhere to be found. Happens every time. The loudest ones and weakest ones.

  55. skinsfan91 says: Aug 17, 2013 7:38 PM

    The loudest ones are the weakest ones.

  56. skinsrock says: Aug 17, 2013 7:41 PM

    Howard Eskin is just trying to be relevant… Go read his wiki page & you will know who he is, wannabe.. Sounds like he is doing anything to create controversy to rattle the Skins… There is no way RG3 would be playing in 11 on 11 drills if Dr Andrews didn’t clear him… period. Either you can play or not… You are not going to be cleared for practice but not cleared to play in a game… That’s ridiculous.

  57. iceburgskin202 says: Aug 17, 2013 7:47 PM

    People just can’t keep this dude out their mouth its a shame at least have some breakfast first.

  58. beerbudsnbevo says: Aug 17, 2013 8:00 PM

    I understand not wanting to start a QB controversy, but think…

    Start Cousins, keep him in till RGIII is ready to go, and then not only do you have a healthy, fresh QB a quarter through the season, but then Cousins has even more trade value if he is successful.

    But it could blow up if Cousins doesn’t have success, or if RGIII comes back and stinks it up.

    Tough position to be in.

    No worries though Skins fans, Shannahan is the guy to make the tough decisions.

    Remember your last playoff game? Great decision.

    Hahahahahaha

  59. dallassux says: Aug 17, 2013 8:14 PM

    skinsfan91 says:
    Aug 17, 2013 7:38 PM

    The loudest ones are the weakest ones.

    ——————————————————————————

    And Redskins fans are very loud, especially on here. Way to rip yourself

  60. skinsfan91 says: Aug 17, 2013 8:32 PM

    “And Redskins fans are very loud, especially on here. Way to rip yourself”

    Right, that’s all I see in other team’s stories. Redskins fans. I think you mean one redskins fan named Logical. But like a typical idiot you think one guy makes the whole redskins fan base. Logical makes all you guys cry. Lol.

  61. rukkus1 says: Aug 17, 2013 8:48 PM

    RG3 is a grown man, im sure whatever he does is on him… not on anyone else like the media is trying to portray.

  62. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:03 PM

    My take on him is that he is an arrogant self centered glory boy that only cares about his opinion and thinks that he knows more about the NFL after one season than his coaching staff does. He thrives on media coverage regardless of what he claims (and what several of you want to admit). What picture of him and some celebrity that he is rubbing elbows with is he going to post this week? “ Look at me! See who I am with?!” Mark my words, if things don’t go good in Washington this year it will be everyone else’s fault except his. I also put ALL the blame of his injury on him because this is what I believe was his thought process. “ Knowing what they say about me now, if I can win this game with a knee injury, what will they say about me then?”

  63. kwickett85 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:31 PM

    So a reporter from PHILADELPHIA tweets something about another team in the division… citing an unnamed source. You expect us to believe their tweet?

  64. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 17, 2013 11:06 PM

    If anyone thinks Shanahan is putting RG’s best interest ahead of his own desire to win, then you are delusional my friend.

  65. jrizzo575 says: Aug 18, 2013 6:33 PM

    I think the fumes from the tire fires have gotten to Howard’s brain.

  66. smillr58 says: Aug 18, 2013 8:09 PM

    HGHIII redskin qb

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