On Friday, Mike Shanahan appeared on the NFL Network last night for their “state of the team” series. As everyone who follows the team knows, the state of the Redskins is linked very strongly to the state of their quarterback.
Shanahan said although Griffin is working hard at Redskins Park, we will have to wait a while longer before we get a solid indication of when he might be ready to play.
“He is ahead, but there is a process. It takes time,” said Shanahan. “Robert will do it the right way and we’ll find out in July exactly where he’s at.”
Training camp will start in late July. That will be about six and a half months after the surgery to repair his right ACL and LCL. At that point, Shanahan will have to decide if Griffin will be placed on the physically unable to perform list (PUP). He would not be able to participate in practice in any way if he is on PUP. If he remains on the PUP list until final cuts are made the week before the start of the season, the team could opt to put him on the shelf for at least the first six weeks of the season. A player can be taken off of PUP and begin practicing at any time during training camp.
They would like Griffin to be ready for the start of the season but while wishing for the best they are preparing for the worst. “You’re hoping he’s ready but you can’t plan for him to be ready,” said Shanahan. “Kirk Cousins will have all of the reps in the offseason.”
Cousins started one game and came in to relieve an injured Griffin in three others last year.
Addressing concerns that Griffin might be pushed to return before he is ready, Shanahan stated what he has when asked the question previously. “He will not come back until he’s 100 percent.”
He also reiterated that Griffin needs to learn how to tone down his aggressive instincts and protect himself better. “The thing I have to get with Robert is when to slide, when not to take a hit,” said Shanahan. “These quarterbacks are so competitive but they don’t realize sometimes how valuable they are to your franchise.”