Report: Robert Griffin III to start Week 1
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start the team’s season opener, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter. The Redskins face the Eagles on Monday Night Football in Week 1.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that Griffin has not officially been cleared to play but “of course” will start the opener.
Griffin tore his ACL and LCL in last season’s playoff opener against the Seahawks, but he progressed so well in the offseason that most expected him to be ready to start the season. Dr. James Andrews said in March that Griffin’s recovery was “superhuman.” Coach Mike Shanahan said in April that Griffin would “set a record” in his recovery.
Griffin was reportedly unhappy with the team’s slow timetable for his return. He said that he wanted to play in the preseason. He didn’t get that wish, but last year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year will be back when the games count.
It remains to be seen if Griffin will have the same explosiveness right away. He ran 120 times for 815 yards last year. Although he was an effective passer – completing 65 percent of his throws for 3,200 yards and 20 TDs – his running ability made him special. If Washington is going to return to the playoffs, it will need Griffin to be near his best.