RICHMOND, Va. – We heard from Robert Griffin on Monday and as you can imagine he’s even more anxious this week. He continues to say that he is ready to take more reps in practice and that he “knows the plan” that the coaches have for him.
Griffin went on to say that Tuesday was the day that he would finally get on the field for team 11-on-11 drills.
“I don’t think it’s a huge step, it’s time to get back out there with my teammates. I’ve proven that I can protect myself and I’m dang near 100 percent. I feel good and I’m glad coach feels the same way.”
Griffin was also asked what we can expect when he does take the field: “Team drills, live action, having fun with my boys. That’s just how it is.”
His plan seemed to be short-lived. After practice Mike Shanahan said that Griffin would not do any team drills on Tuesday. Instead, he said, Griffin’s drills would be moved back to Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The reason being that Saturday’s practice was canceled due to rain so everything was pushed back a day.
Both men said the plan is still to get Griffin on the field the first week of the regular season when the team will go up against Philadelphia.
“If there’s no setbacks, then he’ll be ready,” Shanahan said. “He’s going to have to trust me there.”
What about the possibility of Griffin talking himself into the third preseason game or any preseason game for that matter. “No possibility,” the coach said.
Shanahan also noted that Dr. James Andrews, who frequently works with the team, recommended that Griffin not play in any preseason games, so there is that.
We will keep an eye on him tomorrow of course, but it sounds like Wednesday is the day.
During practice Griffin was 15-17 in 7-on-7 drills.
Although the public back and forth continues between the quarterback and head coach, they both say there is no friction between them and that they trust each other moving forward. Stay tuned.
Linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy sat out of practice with a sore shoulder.
Rookie Safety Phillip Thomas, who was hurt in Thursday’s game, will see Dr. James Anderson in North Carolina tomorrow about his foot sprain.
Dante Stallworth’s hamstring is still bothering him so he sat out practice on Monday. He aggravated it in Thursday’s game.
Rookie Tight End Jordan Reed was back at practice on Monday and Mike Shanahan said he could play next Monday if there are no setbacks.
Brandon Merriweather got in a few more reps Monday during 11-on-11 team drills. Mike Shanahan said he liked what he saw.
The team added another walk-through session at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The session is open to the public in addition to the afternoon practice scheduled to begin at 3:20 p.m. This will help the players get into a routine that is similar to a regular season, game day schedule.
The next preseason game is Monday, Aug. 19 at FedEx Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers.