Richmond, VA (WAVY) - Three days of Redskins training camp have come and gone in Richmond. Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III hasn't strayed too far from the headlines since taking his first snap on Thursday.
While Griffin has looked very mobile and hasn't seemed to favor his still-recovering right knee, Head Coach Mike Shanahan wants to make sure Skins fans are realistic. On Thursday, Shanahan said it will still take some time before Griffin is back in "playing shape."
"If you're dealing with trainers or doctors, they get him in shape. They tell you when that knee is ready to go, but they can't tell you when he's ready to play," said Shanahan, "As he does get in shape, as he does improve, you can see him body movement improve, (and he has more) confidence in that knee, then you give him more rope.
"You don't want to go back too quick. You want to make sure you keep him healthy, and that's what we're going to do."
Staying healthy might require Griffin to be smarter while still keeping that instinct that won him the Heisman Trophy at Baylor University and the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year last season.
When the Redskins unveiled their finished $10 million dollar training facility in early July, Joe Theisman shared a little of the conversations he had with Griffin over the course of his rehab.
"Robert has such a win-win mentality, that to him every endeavor in life is about winning. What we've talked about is how do you define wins," said the Redskins Hall of Fame quarterback, "Wins are running out of bounds, so you can take another snap. Wins are getting down, so you don't take that unnecessary hit."
For months, Griffin promised he'd be ready to go for the start of training camp. He kept his word when he jogged on to the field for the first day on Thursday. Whether or not he can do the same for the Redskins' season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles is not certain yet.
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