- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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ASHBURN, Va. -- Robert Griffin III wanted to make one thing clear: He's not trying to draw penalties on hits out of bounds. During his press conference Wednesday, the Washington Redskins quarterback did say he tried to draw a foul on a Detroit Lions defensive player. Friday, Griffin told the team's website, Redskins.com, that he didn't mean to say that he was doing this on purpose.
"Some people think I'm aiming to draw penalties and that's not what I said," Griffin told the site. “I was asked about the hits on the sideline and the guys not being afraid to take the 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. I told them that against the Cowboys, I was just trying to run out of bounds and some guy hit me. Some guys will take that, some guys don't really care. It's just up in the air.
“Some guys will take the penalty and some won't take the penalty. You've got to use the sideline as your friend. I'm not using the sideline to try and get penalties."
Two days earlier Griffin talked about using the sidelines to possibly fool defenders into thinking he was going out of bounds, only to turn it upfield. He then talked about trying to draw a penalty on Detroit's Rashean Mathis in a Week 3 loss. Griffin also discussed the two personal fouls on Dallas' Barry Church in Sunday's loss. Griffin said Wednesday that he wasn't trying to draw a penalty on Church and replays back him up: Griffin was out of bounds when he hit him late the first time and was a couple yards out of bounds on the second one.
"I was trying to draw the penalty on Rashean there and he's a smart player," Griffin said Wednesday. "He's a smart player; he didn't hit me. I kind of stopped well inside in bounds to try to get him to hit me and he didn't. He said, 'I'm not taking that penalty, Griff.' I said, 'I got you, man.'
"With Barry, it was more I was out of bounds. I didn't slow down at all. ... He hit me and it does suck, but some guys are going to take those penalties. It's hard to walk that line, and you've always got to try to protect yourself. ... The sideline is your friend and you can get out of bounds, but a lot of defensive players, they just really don't care. Sometimes they're going to still get that hit on you."