Redskins test out recovering RG III
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was put through an extensive workout Monday by coach Mike Shanahan after team doctors cleared his return to practice on the advice of orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, a member of the Redskins medical staff, according to team sources.
Griffin tweeted Monday that he'd been cleared to practice with the Redskins, who begin training camp on Thursday.
Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in. Thank you for your support & See you in Richmond— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 22, 2013
Andrews, who performed the surgery to repair Griffin's torn ACL and LCL in his right knee, evaluated the quarterback seven months removed from the procedure last Wednesday and Thursday, sources said.
Griffin will wear a protective brace, according to sources, and the team will emphasize caution above all in working him into football shape throughout training camp. The team is very encouraged at his improvement and that the medical staff believes he can participate in camp, sources said.
NFL Network reported Monday that Griffin will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list to begin camp.
Shanahan's coaching staff will involve Griffin on a limited basis initially, using him in 7-on-7 work before allowing him to advance into team drills, according to sources.
"It's great news," right guard Chris Chester said. "I'm really excited about it. It's a great chance to continue from where we left off last year."
Griffin's injury and subsequent rehabilitation overwhelmed the Redskins' offseason. He led the club to its first division title in 13 years in 2012 and was chosen the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year, and his unique talents are needed if the team is to sustain that momentum.
Griffin injured the knee multiple times last season. He missed one game after spraining the LCL, then reinjured the knee at least twice more in the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January. He had surgery a few days later.
Questions as to whether Griffin should have been removed from the game sooner have led Shanahan to consider a more cautious approach. Shanahan said in April that, for the coming season, "one thing we're going to make sure of is that Robert never plays if he's not 100 percent."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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