Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has said this offseason that he’ll be ready to go on the first day of training camp, but even being physically ready may not be enough for him to start practicing fully right away.
Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that the Redskins have not made any decision regarding Griffin’s status for the start of camp, but that we can look to the schedule followed by Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in his 2012 return from a torn ACL for guidance about how things will play out. Peterson started camp on the PUP list and remained there for a short spell while the team made sure he was set to resume a full workload.
Griffin could go down the same path, throwing on the side and doing other work to assure everyone that he’s ready for everything. There’s not much to gain by going all out on day one, but there’s plenty to lose and it is hard to find much fault with a plan that errs on the side of caution with a player coming off such a serious injury.
Peterson didn’t play in any preseason games last summer and Rapoport makes no mention of whether or not that’s also something under consideration in Washington. If he does play, we’d expect to see Griffin doing just enough to knock off rust without putting himself at undue risk of missing time in games that count.