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Robert Griffin III Cleared To Practice

Just six and a half months after undergoing surgery on his right knee, the quarterback wrote on his Twitter account Monday morning he has been cleared to return to practice.

BY ZAC BOYER

Robert Griffin III announced on his Twitter account Monday afternoon that he has been cleared to practice when the Redskins begin training camp in Richmond on Thursday.

Griffin III

Griffin underwent surgery on his right knee in January to repair a torn LCL and medial meniscus and reconstruct his ACL. Initial timetables placed Griffin’s return at about eight to 12 months; the quarterback first aimed to be ready for the season opener, but, encouraged by his rehabilitation, he hoped to be available to participate in practice at the start of training camp.

“Doctors cleared me to practice,” Griffin wrote shortly before 11:30 a.m. “Coach is going to ease me in. Thank you for your support [and] see you in Richmond.”

According to a person familiar with the team’s thinking, Griffin will be limited in practice over the first few days, which could include scheduled days off. A specific plan has not yet been finalized, including whether Griffin will play in any of the team’s four preseason games.

It’s more than likely the quarterback will continue to work as he did during organized team activities and minicamp in May and June, when he threw passes to other injured players and fine-tuned his footwork and timing. He could be gradually worked into seven-on-seven drills before returning to full team drills later in training camp.

Griffin returned from his honeymoon early last week and met with James Andrews, the orthopedic physician and team consultant who performed his surgery, for a consultation in Pensacola, Fla. on Thursday. Griffin then returned to Redskins Park on Monday and worked out for Mike Shanahan and the team’s athletic training staff. All parties were pleased with Griffin’s progress.

At no point was any consideration given to having Griffin start training camp on the physically-unable-to-perform list, that person said. It would have been more advantageous to have Griffin to work at his own pace if he was not fully cleared, and being on the PUP list would have restricted Griffin solely to conditioning work during practice.

Griffin is expected to meet with reporters for the first time in training camp on Wednesday. Players are to report on Wednesday; the first practice is scheduled for Thursday morning.

This report was originally posted on 07/22/13 at 11:33 a.m. and updated on 07/22/13 at 3:35 p.m.

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