Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan addressed members of the media this morning to say that Robert Griffin III will start Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season. RG III has been recovering from a knee injury suffered in the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks in January. Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedist who performed Griffin’s knee operation, cleared RG III to play last week.
"He's ready to go, full speed ahead," Shanahan said.
RG III and the Redskins will host the Philadelphia Eagles for the first Monday Night Football game of the 2013 NFL season. Griffin underwent surgery to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments on Jan. 9. Redskins’ officials declared Griffin’s injury as ahead of schedule throughout the offseason, but expected a setback to occur at any time.
RG III was a limited participant at Redskins training camp and did not see any action in the preseason, but his teammates not only expect him to play, they expect him to play well. Griffin was not available to address the media after Tuesday’s practice, but will answer questions after Wednesday’s training session.
Throughout the offseason, Shanahan said that Griffin would be the starting quarterback unless there was a setback. Since he hasn’t complained of any soreness or swelling, it looks like it’s all systems go for RG III and the ‘Skins.