Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said Monday that it’s “too early to tell” whether star quarterback Robert Griffin III will be ready to participate in the team’s training camp in late July, hedging on previous bullish comments from head coach Mike Shanahan.
“It’s great to hear the building is on schedule, ahead of schedule, and I’ve heard all those same phrases for our quarterback,” Allen said at a tour for reporters of the team’s under-construction training camp site in Richmond, Va, according to The Washington Post’s Mark Maske.
“It’s too early to tell right now. He is doing everything that the doctors want him to do. He’s a great worker. I think that’s why there’s so much optimism that he’ll be ready at the beginning. But it’s really too premature to speculate on where his medical condition is until we give him a physical when training camp starts July 25.”
Griffin was plagued by injuries late last season. In the Redskins’ 24-14 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, tore his ACL, LCL and meniscus in his right knee. He had surgery on Jan. 9 to repair those ligaments.
In an interview in April, Shanahan predicted that Griffin would “set a record for coming back.”
“He’s over at the facility, rehabbing all of the time. He’ll set a record for coming back because that’s how hard he works,” Shanahan said, according to Pro Football Talk. “He is ahead, but there’s a process. It takes time. Robert will do it the right way and we’ll find out in July exactly where he’s at. He will not come back until he’s 100 percent.”
The Redskins open the season against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football on Sept. 9.