Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been adamant that he will return for the team’s season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles September 9 on Monday Night Football — a team with plenty of quarterback questions of their own. While Griffin is confident that he will be able to play in the game, reports indicate that no official decision has been made about Griffin’s status.
It is still possible that Griffin could miss the first game of the season, so we will have to wait and see what decision the team ultimately makes.
Per a source with knowledge of the situation, that hasn’t been decided yet.
Though Griffin publicly has said there’s “no doubt” he’ll play, the decision ultimately will be made not by Griffin but by coach Mike Shanahan, after consulting with Dr. James Andrews.
The source says it’s “premature” to talk about Griffin playing in Week One, although he definitely wants to play, he remains on target to play, and he hopes he’ll be cleared to play.
For Washington, it would be a wise move to take the necessary cautionary steps to ensure Griffin does not do long-term damage to his knee.
It is easy to understand why the Redskins would want their star quarterback on the field for the team’s season opener as they look to get off to a good start, but ensuring that their franchise quarterback is able to play the season out in it’s entirety should be their top priority.