RGIII healthy enough to play, Shana­han says

Quar­ter­back ready to go against Ea­gles if ‘there’s no set­back.’

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Mike­jones The Washington Post Robert Grif­fin III out last week with knee prob­lem.

WASHINGTON — Washington Red­skins quar­ter­back Robert Grif­fin III will be healthy enough to play Sun­day if he has no set­backs be­fore the team’s Week 16 matchup with the Philadel­phia Ea­gles, Coach Mike Shana­han said Thurs­day.

Grif­fin, who missed last Sun­day’s game with a sprained lat­eral col­lat­eral lig­a­ment in his right knee suf­fered in Week 14 against the Baltimore Ravens, went through his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day of full prac­tice Thurs­day.

Doc­tors watched Grif­fin closely to see how his knee re­sponded to Wed­nes­day’s prac­tice, look­ing for swelling or in­creased pain af­ter his most ex­ten­sive ac­tion since he suf­fered the in­jury. But he didn’t ex­pe­ri­ence ei­ther and had a good prac­tice Thurs­day, ac­cord­ing to Shana­han.

“If there’s no set­back, doc­tors feel that he’ll be ready to go,” Shana­han said af­ter Thurs­day’s prac­tice. “There was no set­back to­day, so that’s a good sign.”

Grif­fin said that he doesn’t feel any weak­ness or lim­i­ta­tion in his knee, and he ap­peared to move with ease. But Shana­han said, “Ob­vi­ously, he’s not 100 per­cent yet. I think ev­ery­body knows that. But like I said, if there’s no set­backs he’ll be ready to go.”

Grif­fin wanted to play last week at Cleve­land, but Shana­han an­nounced Satur­day evening that backup Kirk Cousins would in­stead start.

Grif­fin has been wear­ing a brace on his knee dur­ing prac­tice the last two weeks. He said he has trained him­self to play and move with­out be­ing re­stricted by the brace. But it re­mains to be seen whether he will wear it against the Ea­gles.

“I’m not sure if he’s go­ing to wear the brace or not,” of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Kyle Shana­han said. “I don’t really ask him that stuff. He’ll know to­ward the end of the week. He’ll wear it if it helps him. If not, he’ll take it off.”

Ei­ther way, Grif­fin said Wed­nes­day he will not aban­don his ag­gres­sive style of play.

“The day I think about throw­ing the ball away at the be­gin­ning of a play, I should stop play­ing,” he said. “It’s just some­thing that hap­pens. I’ve thrown the ball away this year, but it’s not some­thing you take into a game plan. ‘All right. I’m go­ing to go 1-2 and throw it out of bounds.’ I just think that’s a faulty ap­proach to the game, but I get where ev­ery­one is coming from.

“I con­tinue to pro­tect my­self. This lat­est in­jury could have hap­pened to any­body.”

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