Apparently, “cleared to practice” is quite different from “cleared to play.”
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, it would still qaulify as “a major surprise,” if Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III plays in a preseason game.
Schefter cited Redskins coach Mike Shanahan’s “coaching history” and the thoughts of others in the Redskins organization.
Shanahan worked Griffin out Monday after team doctors cleared him, the latest step in RG3’s return from last year’s knee injury.
Preseason snaps for starters have become so limited in recent years anyway, that limiting them won’t change that much. And as an added benefit, it reduces any amount of tape other teams have to study. While no one’s tipping play-calling trends in the preseason, any amount of visual coaches have to see how Griffin reacts on the field will help them when it’s time to make a regular season plan.