Redskins, Dr. Andrews create a mess regarding Griffin

AP

Intentionally or not, the Redskins have created a haze of confusion regarding quarterback Robert Griffin III, with the first game of the regular season only 10 days away.

Griffin reportedly will start, even though the report emerged before he was medically cleared.  And he’s now been medically cleared, but coach Mike Shanahan won’t say that Griffin will start.

But Shanahan will say that the man who cleared Griffin, Dr. James Andrews, has “a couple of concerns.”  But Shanahan won’t say what they are.  And Dr. Andrews is now telling reporters he has no concerns.

Meanwhile, ESPN’s Trey Wingo has reported that Andrews is concerned not about Griffin’s twice-repaired knee but how the Redskins will use Griffin.

And now a source with direct knowledge of the situation tells PFT that there’s “no way” Andrews ever would be concerned about how the Redskins use Griffin.

So the dog will keep chasing its tail until the first Monday night of the season, when the Eagles’ defense will be chasing Griffin.  Things could get very interesting if they catch him.  And hit him hard.  And put Andrews and the Redskins in the delicate position of having to determine whether he is able to keep playing.

In this new era of the NFL protecting players from themselves, it sure feels like Dr. Andrews is doing plenty of protecting of himself from criticism, scrutiny, and/or liability.