ESPN is reporting this morning that Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan has said that Dr. James Andrews will have the final say on whether or not quarterback Robert Griffin III will be able to return for the Redskins’ season opener on September 9th.
This decision will not be final until after the Redskins’ final preseason game on Thursday, August 29th.
Andrews examined Griffin, for the first time since Training Camp started, on Monday before the Redskins took down the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-13 in their second preseason outing this year. Andrews watched him perform and then further examined Griffin’s surgically repaired knee.
After the Redskins’ preseason finale on August 29th, Doctor Andrews is expected to reexamine him and will then inform the team if RG3 is ready to rumble against Philadelphia on Monday, September 9th, the Redskins’ home opener.
Shanahan told ESPN that he feels RG3 will be ready to go when the season starts.
We’re going to have two more weeks of practice and we’re going to put him through situations like we’ve been doing over the last three and a half weeks,” Shanahan said, “and keep our fingers crossed that there isn’t a setback. If there isn’t, he should be ready for Philadelphia.”
Shanahan was steadfast that should Dr. Andrews not feel that RG3 is ready to go, then they would not do anything that would cause him to suffer a setback.
If Dr. Andrews felt his knee wasn’t ready, we surely wouldn’t play him [in the opener]. We surely wouldn’t play him if he didn’t feel that it was in the best interest of Robert and this organization to play him.” ~ ESPN
Only time will tell if RG3 will be ready to go when the clock ticks down to game time on September 9th.