Former Washington Redskins great Joe Theismann believes that second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III could appear in a preseason game at some point. Even though ESPN NFL Analyst Adam Schefter recently stated that he does not think Griffin will play in the preseason, Theismann believes the odds are more in favor of Griffin suiting up.
“I have tremendous respect for Adam, but when it comes to medical conditions of people, there’s two guys that I know don’t share anything: Mike Shanahan and Bill Belichick,” Theismann said, according to CBS Washington D.C.
“I think he wants to see how he does in camp. If he’s well enough in the next-to-last preseason game to play a quarter, maybe he sticks him out there, maybe he doesn’t.”
Obviously, if Griffin is not ready to play then the Redskins will not put him in harm’s way. There is no question Shanahan learned his lesson the last time around when he sent his quarterback back into the game too soon during the playoffs, which resulted in a torn ACL. Griffin is the face of the franchise and cannot become injury prone.
If the Redskins believe that Griffin is handling camp well with limited issues then they should give him a shot in the preseason. However, if there is any kind of hesitation then there is no point in going through with it.
Washington’s success rests on Griffin being able to consistently line up under center. Not having him be able to run the offense at a high level because the team brought him back too soon would be a major blunder.