The Washington Redskins hopes and dreams of capturing their elusive fourth NFL Championship rest on the shoulders of quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Redskins selected Griffin III third overall in 2012 by unloading numerous picks to trade up for the Baylor product. After guiding the Redskins into the team’s first post season appearance since 2007, questions arose regarding the handling of RGIII’s health in their Divisional playoff loss. This topic has been one of much scrutiny ever since. Coach Mike Shanahan faced much of this criticism after Griffin III tore his ACL and LCL in the game and was allowed to continue to play. To make matters worse, the two haven’t appeared to be on the same page as the rehabilitation process has taken course.
Shanahan has approached the situation with much caution, as he knows that he cannot afford to mess up again. Robert Griffin III and Dr. James Andrews, on the other hand, have taken a different approach with Dr. Andrews calling Griffin III “superhuman” in his recovery process.
For good or bad, today was a huge step in settling these issues as Redskins physicians have cleared RGIII to practice again Monday. Washington’s training camp begins Thursday and it is thought that Robert will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list. Although the first hurdle has been cleared, it is essential the two parties communicate in regards to the recovering right knee and that they do not replicate the loss in Seattle. Both Robert Griffin III and Mike Shanahan’s careers are on the line as the star quarterback attempts to take the franchise back to the promise land one step at a time.