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Robert Griffin III Targeting Return At Training Camp

The quarterback originally hoped to be ready to play in the Redskins’ season opener Sept. 9 against Philadelphia, but he has modified his expectations as he progresses in his recovery.

BY ZAC BOYER

ASHBURN – Robert Griffin III said Thursday he expects to be ready to play football when the Redskins start training camp at the end of next month.

Griffin III

“Without a doubt,” the quarterback said.

Griffin underwent surgery to repair the LCL and medial meniscus and reconstruct the ACL in his right knee on Jan. 9 following a series of injuries at the end of last season.

Asked why he remains adamant he will be fully cleared for the start of training camp on July 25, he said it’s been one of his goals.

“One, it’s a mindset, and two, it’s just how I’ve felt and how it’s progressed,” Griffin said. “Over the last three weeks, you know, I’ve had a lot of progress and I feel a lot better. I think training camp’s a month and a half away, two months, and I feel really good about that. The start of the season is even farther than that, and I feel good about that, so that’s why I say without a doubt.”

Griffin has increased his running in recent weeks, and on Thursday, he was able to plant and throw on play action and also throw while on the run. He hasn’t yet been cleared to run side-to-side, which he expects to happen shortly.

He wrapped up his practice on Thursday by running laps around the practice fields with tight end Jordan Reed.

“This week was a big week going four straight days on the field,” Griffin said. “In previous weeks, we’ve had a day off. To go the four straight, throwing every day, planting, cutting, doing the routes with the receivers – all the guys kind of did a good job balancing the act for the four straight days.”

Griffin said two weeks ago when the Redskins began organized team activities that he was targeting a return for the season opener Sept. 9 against Philadelphia. He was slightly optimistic, though, that he’d be able to get back on the field even before then.

Mike Shanahan cautioned that the decision to clear Griffin will be made only by the team’s medical staff and done without regard to the quarterback’s desires.

Still, he likes that Griffin has maintained a goal to return and is working to do what he can to accomplish it.

“You always want somebody to have goals, that’s for sure, and you want them to come back as soon as he’s ready to go,” Shanahan said. “But the doctor’s got to OK him. From the beginning, they’ve talked about recovery time being anywhere from seven months to nine months. I think Aug. 9 is seven months, and so we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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