Robert Griffin III to resume 11-on-11 drills, says he'll play Week 1
Robert Griffin III is making it abundantly clear that while he doesn't necessarily agree with or understand Mike Shanahan's plan for him to get back onto the field, he knows what the end game is.
The goal is Week 1, as it always has been.
"There's no doubt I'm playing Week 1," Griffin said in Richmond Monday.
The latest step toward getting back to full game action will take place Tuesday, when Griffin takes the field with his teammates for 11-on-11 drills for the first time during training camp in Richmond. Griffin has been throwing and working out in smaller, less intense 7-on-7 drills as he continues to come back from offseason knee surgery.
"I've been ready for this; I think that's well documented," he said. "I just have to go with whatever coach says."
"Whatever coach says" has been a restrictive, slow rehabilitation process that has had Griffin ease back into full action.
While Griffin has said repeatedly that he hasn't had any soreness in his surgically repaired knee, Shanahan's word to him about being ready for the regular season is one he stands by.
"I don't like it," Griffin says. "I don't understand the whole plan at all."
The frustrating part of the plan, for him, has been the predetermined and fixed nature of the rehabilitation, one he says doesn't take into account how he's feeling on any given day. However, he says that if that's what it takes to get him onto the field for Washington's Sept. 9 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, so be it.
"I don't have to understand it (and) I don't have to like it," he said. "If he plays me Week 1, I'll play my butt off for him."
Griffin said he may still lobby to get some preseason action - perhaps during his team's Aug. 24 game against Buffalo - but added that he won't necessarily rush it if that isn't according to plan.