Redskins Roundup: No RG3 until September
Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in. Thank you for your support & See you in Richmond
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 22, 2013
With that news, Redskins fans knew that QB Robert Griffin III, will be, barring a setback, the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins when the season opens in September 2013. Dr. James Andrews and Head Coach Mike Shanahan both ran RG3 thru their own workouts and determined that he’s healthy enough to participate in training camp. That’s the good news — and it is very good news. What we don’t know yet is how much RG3 will play in training camp and the preseason. He will go straight into 7-on-7 play, but will not participate in 11-on-11 practices, at least not yet. I suspect he will get plenty of looks in practice, but will probably be limited, for very good reason, in preseason. In fact, I doubt he’ll play at all in the preseason.
UPDATE: ESPN reports Griffin is unlikely to play in the preseason:
But sources who know the coach expressed pessimism Griffin would return in the preseason.One Redskins front-office member said Washington will not want to subject Griffin to any hits this summer. Shanahan also was known in Denver to be cautious with players coming off major injuries.
Here is an excerpt from an upcoming book Dave Sheinin wrote about Griffin entitled “RG3: The Promise.”
Despite the return of RG3, expect Kirk Cousins to get a ton of reps in training camp and snaps in preseason games. This is a good thing, both as a way to protect Griffin, but also make sure Cousins is fully prepared if Griffin goes down again.
Unnamed sources are claiming the Redskins want to sign OLB Brian Orakpo to a long-term contract extension before he hits the free agent market in the 2014 offseason. Orakpo missed almost all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered in week 2 and he has never quite lived up to the pass-rushing promise he showed as a rookie, when he sacked quarterbacks 11.5 times. However, he’s the team’s best pass-rusher by far and the pass defense suffered mightily without him last season.
Another year, another training camp battle for Reed Doughty, the former 5th round pick who has had to battle for everything he’s got. Expect him to win another roster spot, quite possibly a starting job, and to be a key contributor on special teams.
No deal yet on an agreement between the NFL and the NFLPA on HGH testing. This needs to get done and it needs to be real.