After months of anticipation, Robert Griffin III finally made his return to the football field as the Washington Redskins starter on Monday Night Football against the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out the way Griffin and the Redskins were hoping for as the Eagles were just too much for the team to handle in the first half as Philadelphia went on to win the game 33-27 and while there was some concern over Griffin looking a bit rusty–this really shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone.
Despite finishing the game with 329 passing yards to go along with two touchdowns and two interceptions on 30 of 49 passing, it was clear in the first half how long it had been since Griffin had actually stepped on the football field and took meaningful snaps. Griffin suffered a torn ACL during the playoffs last January and while the former first-round pick made a tremendous recovery progress–not having him play in the preseason played a key factor in Philadelphia’s win.
Mike Shanahan had every reason to be concerned about playing Griffin in the preseason considering the last thing they wanted to see happen is have their star quarterback return to the football field too soon with that type of knee injury. Unfortunately, the decision to rest Griffin during the preseason means the Redskins are just going to have to be more patient when it comes to getting their quarterback back to his dominant level–which could take time.
There’s obviously no reason to panic just yet, but when it comes to Griffin looking a little rusty in his return after sitting all of preseason–don’t act like it’s the biggest surprise in the world.