Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III still hasn't begun his sophomore campaign, as he continues to sit through the 2013 preseason, but 'Skins fans shouldn't be concerned about his readiness for the regular-season slate.
According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post on Twitter, head coach Mike Shanahan has ruled out any possibility of RGIII taking the field during the preseason:
Shanahan says "no possibility" of Griffin playing in the preseason.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 12, 2013
If the coaching staff doesn't think Griffin is ready to go for a couple of preseason plays just weeks before Week 1, why should Redskins fans be flushing their worries down the drain?
Caution was ignored by Redskins coaches late in their 2012 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, when RGIII played through a grueling injury that severely impaired his ability to run, and at times, even walk.
Then, with one awkward turn of the knee with nobody near him, he tore his ACL and LCL.
Shanahan and the Redskins saw just how easily their franchise player could go down. All too often, non-contact leg injuries can be the most treacherous.
Columns like this one from Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times immediately surfaced across the nation, as the world of sports media debated whether Shanahan was wrong in keeping his star quarterback in the game despite his obvious impairment.
But right now, caution is the No. 1 priority. And that rings true in Griffin's mind as well, as he played down the importance of preseason to Andrew Siciliano of NFL Network.
Though, there's no hiding the fact that Griffin is hungry and motivated to get back on the field. Tweets from his personal Twitter account on Monday only validated that:
There is no friction. There is an understanding between coach and player. That is all. Don't have to like everything— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 12, 2013
Patiently waiting and vigorously preparing at the same time— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 13, 2013
Plus, this tidbit from Jones on Twitter should put any worries to bed for Redskins fans:
Griffin says "There's no doubt, I'm playing week 1."— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) August 12, 2013
We watched RGIII play through tough injuries late in his rookie season, and you could never discount his word. Whenever he said he was ready, he'd almost always go out and lead his Redskins to victory in thrilling fashion.
Through much of that injury-plagued stretch, Griffin would miss practice all week only to come out with another solid performance. Apparently, he can stay loose and ready, despite missing time with his team in practice and scrimmage settings.
RGIII may be entering just his second year, but he's no stranger to adversity and playing through injuries. This isn't even his first ACL tear. He knows what Week 1 will be like, and no preseason action is necessary for him to be ready for that.
The coaches will certainly exercise caution regarding their franchise quarterback as long as he's a member of the Redskins. But if RGIII himself feels good about where he's at, that's all Washington fans should be concerned about.