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Robert Griffin III to start Washington Redskins season opener, ESPN reports

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Robert Griffin III will start for the Washington Redskins in their regular season opener, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Griffin hasn't played at all in the preseason and hasn't taken the field in a game since Jan. 6, when he suffered serious knee injuries in the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The precocious quarterback will meet with his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, during his team's trip to Florida on Thursday, where it's expected he'll be cleared to play.

While he gets checked out, his teammates will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Redskins' final preseason game. Quarterback Pat White is expected to take the bulk of the team's snaps.

The Washington Post's Mike Jones also cites several players that they "strongly believe" Griffin will be the Redskins' Week 1 starter based on his performance in practices over the past two weeks.

The second-year quarterback and 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has been rehabilitating his surgically-repaired knee throughout the offseason and into training camp.

Washington opens the 2013 regular season on Sept. 9 at home against the Philadelphia Eagles.

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