Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was cleared to play today by the Redskins' Dr. James Andrews, one of the foremost sports physicians in the country. Don't be so quick to rejoice, though, Washingtonites. ESPN's Trey Wingo is saying that Andrews may still have some concerns about RGIII's health.
Wingo tweeted today:
Sources telling me the "concerns" about @RGIII have less to do with health of the knee, much more on how the team plans to use him— trey wingo (@wingoz) August 30, 2013
Then, his colleague, Adam Schefter added:
What @wingoz also reports: Dr. Andrews does not want Redskins to expose RGIII's knee to punishment during games.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2013
Hm. Well, this is a little confusing then. How is a mobile quarterback—or really any quarterback in general—supposed to keep his knee from being exposed to punishment during a game? Besides sitting on the bench, there doesn't really seem to be any way to avoid the occasional wear and tear. Hits are going to come against Griffin's knees eventually, and Andrews undoubtedly knows this. So why would he clear RGIII to play? It's certainly a head-scratcher.
FWIW, head coach Mike Shanahan declined to say whether Griffin would actually start in Week One. It can't hurt for the Redskins to take their time on this issue. We'll see what happens come September 9, when the Skins take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football.
[via Sports Illustrated]