Despite being less than seven months from undergoing reconstructive knee surgery, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin, III declared today after practice that he feels he will be able to be under center when the Redskins open the regular season.
“I doubt you’ll see me playing at all in preseason games, but come Week 1, I’m coming out at 100-percent,” he said. “Then we’ll see what sort of damage comes out of that and, if it’s not too severe, I’m hoping to not miss the rest of the season. Returning Week 15 seems like a reasonable goal.”
Head coach Mike Shanahan says he is excited to get Griffin back at quarterback.
“The prospect of him starting Week 1 and playing part of a series or maybe even into the second quarter is really exciting,” said Shanahan. “And then to maybe get him back Week 15? I mean, having Robert for even parts of two games is huge. He’s that big of a weapon.”
Also at practice today the Redskins installed two new looks on offense. The first featured the team’s offensive linemen helping Griffin up off the ground and then off the field. The second focused on a team of paramedics swarming the field and taking Griffin to a nearby hospital via helicopter.
“We’re still improving every day in practice,” said Griffin. “But I thought we were in regular season form today with our two-minute offense and also in our medical emergency helicopter drills.”