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The Redskins QB will participate in 11-on-11 drills Wednesday for the first time since tearing his ACL in January.
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III throws a pass during Monday’s morning practice session, when Griffin got his most extended work yet, taking more than 50 snaps during the walkthrough period.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
RICHMOND — When the action gets intense at Redskins training camp, Robert Griffin III has always taken a step back and joined his teammates on the sideline.
On Wednesday, for the first time, he’ll step forward and quarterback the team.
“I’d like to see the look on the guys’ faces when I step in the huddle,” he said. “They laugh and joke about it that they haven’t seen me in a while, but I think the guys are happy to have me back out there.”
That news resulted in a lighthearted press conference by the star quarterback on Monday. He joked about getting cornrows (“New phase, new hair”), being pranked during Monday’s practice by teammates who loosened the lid on his water bottle, and watching the Tennessee game in full uniform (“Feel good, look good”).
Griffin was originally supposed to rejoin 11-on-11 drills today, but coach Mike Shanahan said Saturday’s rained out practice has pushed the schedule back a day.
The Redskins will now do their game week preparations on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Today’s practice will be a normal training camp two-a-day. Shanahan said he’s holding Griffin out of those workouts because he feels they’re too strenuous.
“I think practices are tougher than games, especially these two-a-days,” the coach said. “You practice at game-day speed every day.”
Griffin said he’s willing to participate in the plan, but added that he doesn’t like being held back when he feels fine.
“I can’t lie about that,” Griffin said. “But when you give your word to somebody, that’s all you have, so I’m just banking that they will stay true to their word, and I’m staying true to mine.
“I’m doing everything they’ve asked me to without any gripes, other than with you guys, and that’s just the way you have to do it.”
Shanahan said the quarterback’s progression has been laid out all the way to opening night, but only two people know the plan: he and Griffin.
“I know when the first game is, and I’m going to do my best to make sure he’s ready for the first game,” the coach said.
Griffin got his most extended work yet during Monday’s practice, taking more than 50 snaps during the walkthrough period.
Griffin’s 11-on-11 work will be his first since tearing his ACL during a playoff game in January.
He hinted on Monday that he’d try to get Shanahan to put him in a preseason game, but acknowledged the odds are long of making that happen.
“It’s a hard ‘no’ right now,” Griffin said. “It’s my job to make that a soft ‘no,’ and possibly a ‘yes.’ ”
Asked about that, Shanahan said there’s “no possibility.”
“I love when somebody wants to play,” the coach said. “That’s a good problem to have as a head coach. But my job is to make sure we do the best thing for Robert.”
Griffin said his frustrations stem from the plan’s inflexibility.
“It’s been fixed without any aspect of how I’m doing personally with my knee, with my knee surgery, with my rehab,” he said. “It’s predetermined, and that’s the one thing I don’t understand. But like coach said — and he’s 100 percent right — I don’t have to understand it. I don’t have to like it. But at the end of the day, if he plays me Week 1 and I’m ready to go, then I’ll give him a salute and go play my butt off for him.”
He took to Twitter an hour later to clarify that there’s no tension between him and his coach, just “an understanding.”
On Wednesday that tension will disappear for a moment, as he rejoins his teammates on the field during 11-on-11 drills.
“You’ll get to see me play football, not just do 7-on-7,” he said. “Team drills, live action, having fun with my boys.”
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