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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Mike Shanahan sticking to his plan

By John Keim
ESPN.com

RICHMOND, Va. -- Robert Griffin III said he's ready to do more in practice -- and his anxiousness was evident during his Monday news conference. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, however, made it clear who will determine the timetable. Just in case there was any doubt.

Robert Griffin III
"I'm ready to move on. There's only so much you can do in 7-on-7," Robert Griffin III said Monday, hoping he'll soon be cleared for full-team drills.

"We do have a plan for him," Shanahan said. "He may not always like that plan, but that's my job sometimes not to be liked. My job is to do the best thing for him. That's what I'll do."

And that means Griffin, who wants to start taking 11-on-11 snaps in practice, might not get his wish next Monday. Shanahan said the Redskins will "give him a little more next week and see how he does."

It's uncertain yet what "a little more" means to Shanahan. Griffin said Monday that he's gotten all that he can get out of 7-on-7 work.

Griffin is just less than seven months removed from surgery on his right knee. He was cleared to practice, but Shanahan is taking it slow, wanting to see Griffin perform quarterback movements in drills first, sometimes just dropping back and throwing and other times escaping the pocket and throwing on the move.

For Shanahan, one of the key aspects of Griffin's performance in camp surrounds what he hasn't seen from his knee: swelling.

Shanahan also pointed out several other players who were cleared to practice after knee surgeries, but continue to be in and out of practice, including safety Brandon Meriweather and running back Chris Thompson. Griffin has not missed any practices.

"You always want them a little bit antsy," Shanahan said. "I don't want to put him in there too quick for the obvious reasons, but I like what I've seen. He's had no swelling. He's making a lot of progress. We're getting a lot of quality work done. If he continues this with no setback, we'll keep on giving him more freedom, a little bit more reps and hopefully get him ready.

"When you slow a guy down, that's the job of a head coach to hopefully put him in a position where he's going to be healthy and ready to play by the first game."