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Robert Griffin III Considered Questionable To Play Against Cleveland On Sunday
(Originally posted 12/14/12, 2:46 p.m.; Updated 12/14/12, 4:44 p.m.)
ASHBURN – Robert Griffin III is considered questionable to play for the Washington Redskins at Cleveland on Sunday with a sprained right knee.
Griffin, who injured the knee in the Redskins’ victory over Baltimore last weekend, was limited in practice for the third consecutive day, head coach Mike Shanahan said.
He maintained that he will not name reveal the starter until the game begins.
“[We’ll] get a chance to evaluate him tomorrow, talk to the doctors tomorrow and make a decision,” Shanahan said after Friday’s practice.
Griffin stretched, jogged and threw passes to his receivers during a positional drill in the 15 minutes of practice open to reporters. He did not address his situation after practice, because the team only allows Griffin to speak on Wednesdays.
If Griffin cannot start because of the injury, which is officially a Grade 1 sprain of the LCL in his right knee, Kirk Cousins would likely do so. Cousins entered after Griffin injured his knee against the Ravens.
“He’s had a good week,” Shanahan said. “He’s been pretty consistent all the way through camp, all the way through all the games that we’ve prepared through this season.”
Cleveland head coach Pat Shurmur told reporters the team is uncertain whether it will face Griffin or Cousins, but that they’re confident in the defensive game plan they’ve put together.
“[Griffin] has done a good job against everybody else that’s planned for him,” Shurmur said. “We’ll see. I think our guys are looking forward to playing the Redskins regardless of who plays quarterback.”
Not knowing whether Griffin will be fully healthy enough to play has been a concern for offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who said Thursday that the stability of Griffin’s knee and a further chance of injury to the knee is his focus.
“It’s a little bit of a challenge because I can’t lock in as much as I usually do,” Kyle Shanahan said. “I have to be a little more open-minded, because there are a few different directions you can do.”