Conventional wisdom reveals that starters do not play in the fourth and final NFL preseason game. That game usually ends up as the opportunity for players on the roster bubble to play their way on or off the team. Is Jay Gruden really going to buck the conventional wisdom and play Robert Griffin III and the Redskins starters Thursday night in Tampa?
"I think it would be beneficial to him in some ways, but I don’t think it’s mandatory that he plays," Gruden said of RG3. "I don’t think it’s going to make or break our season whether or not he plays a quarter or a drive in the fourth preseason game at Tampa."
Quick translation: Griffin isn't going to play Thursday. It's highly unlikely any of the Redskins starters play.
"We’re fairly healthy right now and that’s the big thing I want to get out of this group. I want to make sure we’re healthy going into Houston. So if we don’t play the starters, it’s only because I want them to be 100 percent healthy going into Houston," Gruden said.
But here's the question that will drive some people crazy: After struggling for most of the preseason, should the Redskins starting offense take the field in Tampa? Will a successful series for RG3, Alfred Morris and DeSean Jackson, not to mention rookie coach Gruden, set some momentum for Week 1 vs Houston?
Let us know what you think in the comments.