LANDOVER, Md. – At the end, Robert Griffin III was still fighting, running across the FedEx Field turf, flinging hope when the scoreboard clock said hope was all but dead. He lobbed a pass to the back of the end zone, a heave not with power but the right amount of loft, too high for a Philadelphia Eagles defender but one that landed perfectly into the arms of receiver Leonard Hankerson.
Even though it was an empty touchdown on a hopeless night, it might have been one of his finest moments as a Washington Redskin.
He would not win his first game back after Dr. James Andrews' scalpel tore into his right knee back on Jan. 9. He had done too much wrong in the first 2½ quarters for that. He probably shouldn't have been on the field Monday night. Not this soon. Not after missing the entire preseason. He wasn't ready. The team behind him was out of sync in large part because it hadn't played a game with him since last season's playoffs.