Mike Shanahan on RG3: "Is He 100 Percent? We'll Find out on Sunday"

John BibbAnalyst IIIJanuary 4, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback RGIII on the move and showing no ill-effects of a sprained knee ligament or a protective knee brace.
Washington Redskins quarterback RGIII on the move and showing no ill-effects of a sprained knee ligament or a protective knee brace.USA TODAY Sports

In his address to the media Friday (via Redskins.com), Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said quarterback Robert Griffin III will wear a brace on his knee Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, calling it "a medical decision."

Earlier in the week, Shanahan explained (per The Washington Post's Barry Svrluga) that Griffin doesn't have to wear the knee brace but wears it, "so we can protect it."

Griffin also responded (per another Washington Post piece by Barry Svrluga) to reporters' questions this week by saying, "Each week, I’ve been able to do more. Today, I felt a lot better than I did last week, and I mean, that’s all you can ask for at this point.”

Coach Shanahan appeared relaxed in his white Redskins t-shirt Friday, as he provided details on other injured 'Skins players and their playing status for the team's NFC Wild Card Game Sunday, Jan. 6 against the Seahawks.

He listed CB DJ Johnson on injured reserve, S DeJon Gomes as questionable, but he practiced Friday and CB Cedric Griffin (who completed a four-game league suspension) as returned to the roster. Elsewhere, G Kory Lichtensteiger did not practice Friday and will be a game-time decision while LB London Fletcher did not practice but is listed as probable for Sunday.

Shanahan was direct and to the point in the 10-plus-minute press conference and spoke briefly on the following points.

The condition of the grass surface at FedEx Field, which appeared torn up last week against Dallas: "We rushed for a lot of yards last week and the surface was good enough to not slip. . . both teams have to play on the field." 

If the team's mind-set was different this week than during the regular season: "I think our mind-set has been the same. Great prep during the week and go get it done on the weekend." 

The team's scoring success on offense (fourth in NFL) versus Seattle's (ninth in NFL): "I just want to have one more point than them at the end of the game." 

When asked what he likes most about this year's team, Shanahan said it's his players' combination of character, their sense of urgency and the team's youth. "They are willing to work whether things are good or bad...we're only as strong, as the saying goes, as (y)our weakest link."

Coach Shanahan furthered his point by mentioning his wide receivers not taking credit for blocking on plays and the offensive line taking credit for what it does. "It's hard to do something special unless you're playing for each other." 

Shanahan also mentioned, "We're excited to be here...and hopefully (we) take the opportunity to win some games." 

Sunday's game against the Seahawks features two teams with the longest winning streaks in the NFC, as well as two of the top rookie quarterbacks in RGIII and Russell Wilson. In addition, Redskins running back Alfred Morris and Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch finished the 2012 regular season ranked second and third in rushing yards respectively.

The Seattle Seahawks visit FedEx Field and the Washington Redskins in a NFC Wild Card Game Sunday, Jan. 6 at 4:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

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