Mike Shanahan: ‘It doesn’t make sense to play Robert Griffin III in preseason’

Jul 25, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) prepares to throw the ball during opening day of 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins announced that star quarterback Robert Griffin III would not play in the preseason as he works to get back in to playing shape throughout training camp and today head coach Mike Shanahan gave a little insight in to how the decision was reached.

“It just doesn’t make sense to play him in the preseason,” Shanahan said, according to the team’s official website. “It does take some times to get back in football shape.”

There is no doubt from Griffin or the Redskins that he will be ready for the start of the season, but it is still important to bring Griffin along slowly.

By all accounts, Griffin was moving around with ease during Thursday’s practice and those in attendance passed along news on Twitter that he appeared to be just as explosive as he was prior to the injury.

You have to agree with the way the Redskins are bringing Griffin along.

He is mentally ready to take the field and he has said on a number of occasions that he can be a full go, but the team is giving Griffin’s body the time it needs to fully catch up his mind as they look to once again claim the top spot in the NFC East.

Topics: Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

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  • Adam Banig

    I agree. Better safe than sorry. Although, I think him not playing in 11 on 11s and not playing preseason games will hurt the teams growth this training camp and preseason

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