The Redskins already played — and won– a game without him. They’re still not sure if they’ll have to do the same thing again this week.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III did not play in Sunday’s 38-21 win over Cleveland. He did work out before the game as doctors continue to monitor his Grade 1 lateral collateral ligament sprain.
“He looks good, as I think a lot of people who saw before the game,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “Hopefully it’s not too long before doctors OK him and he’s ready to practice at full speed.”
Griffin will continue to receive treatment throughout the week.
The one thing Washington won’t do is rest Griffin another week, even if doctors say he’s ready. Just because fellow rookie Kirk Cousins played well in his first start (26 for 37, 329 yards, two touchdowns, one interception) does not mean the Redskins now have the luxury of sitting a healthy-enough Griffin.
“If doctors give the OK, he is going to play,” Shanahan said. “That’s what we get paid for. That’s what guys do when you have guys like London [Fletcher] and Trent [Williams] and a lot of guys hobbled now. We expect everyone to play if the doctors OK it.”
…Center Will Montgomery (knee) and tackle Tyler Polumbus (concussion) will have their status updated later in the week. Shanahan did not want to address Montgomery’s situation until Wednesday, which could mean they want to see how he responds to treatment or he’s getting further tests. Montgomery sprained the MCL in his left knee.
Guard Kory Lichtensteiger said Monday he thinks the line will remain intact for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia.
…Shanahan said Pierre Garcon’s 15-yard penalty for taunting was for something he does all the time, spinning the ball. But Shanahan said Garcon must learn when he can’t do it.
“You’ve got to be careful when you spin it and there’s some other player there that you turn away from him because you don’t want it to be misinterpreted as you’re trying to taunt someone else,” Shanahan said.
But the coach then compared it to a situation near the goal line in which receiver Joshua Morgan was knocked out of bounds by a hard, clean hit from a Cleveland safety who then jawed at Morgan. No penalty was called.
…Lichtensteiger said it was gratifying to win Sunday because of who they did it without: Griffin. While the rookie quarterback has received the bulk of the credit for Washington’s new-found success, no team can win because of just one player.
“I’ve never understated or underestimated the importance of Robert,” Lichtensteiger said. “That guy has put the team on his back many times throughout the year. We’d certainly like to have him back whenever he does come back. It was nice and really good for Kirk to come in and perform like that. Just as an offense as a whole, to show the football world that we’re not just a one-trick pony, having a triple-threat quarterback taht can do everything as the only reason we’re winning. Robert certainly is the man, and a huge part of this offense, but being able to show your capable without him is pretty fulfilling.”