James Andrews Observes Robert Griffin III’s Knee
The orthopedist who performed the quarterback’s surgery watched him warm up before the game against the Steelers and will evaluate him when the Redskins play at Tampa Bay next week.
BY ZAC BOYER
LANDOVER, Md. – James Andrews observed Robert Griffin III’s warmup before the Redskins’ preseason game against the Steelers on Monday and was scheduled to discuss the quarterback’s rehabilitation with team executives.
Andrews, an orthopedist who serves as a team consultant, was the one who performed surgery to repair the LCL and medial meniscus and reconstruct the ACL in Griffin’s right knee on Jan. 9.
“He feels great about Robert’s progress,” Mike Shanahan said after the game. “He still feels the same way he did before camp with practice. He feels good about him practicing. He doesn’t feel like we should put him in any games. He’s gonna re-evaluate him after the Tampa [Bay] game and then he’ll make a decision, at least from his perspective, where he’s at.”
Multiple reports Monday afternoon indicated that Shanahan, general manager Bruce Allen and owner Dan Snyder would meet with Andrews to begin firming up a plan to get Griffin ready for the start of the regular season. Shanahan and Allen have maintained that their goal is to have the quarterback play against the Eagles on Sept. 9.
But Shanahan said that Andrews won’t make a decision until Aug. 29, when the Redskins head to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers in the final preseason game.
“He’s going to be with us and he’s going to give us an idea of how he feels about him at that time,” Shanahan said. “I’m sure he’ll look at him, work out, make sure his knee is where it should be and let us know what he believes is right.”
Griffin will not play in either of the last two preseason games. Only last week did he participate in 11-on-11 team drills for the first time, throwing against a scout team defense, though his work was scaled back in Friday’s practice.
Griffin, who termed his recovery period “Operation Patience,” wore a white shirt with the slogan in red for pregame warm-ups. He did his customary lap around the field and went through a variety of drills beforehand, then returned an hour before the game in full uniform like he did for the first game.
“You’ve got to treat it like a game – treat it like you’re gonna play, because if Week 1 was the first preseason game, I felt ready to play,” Griffin explained last week.