There’s a new twist in Washington, D.C. surrounding the Washington Redskins and the way they are handling Robert Griffin III. According to Howard Eskin, a Philadelphia-area reporter, Dr. Andrews has told the Washington Redskins not to allow Robert Griffin III to play until after the bye week (which is Week 5 before they head to Dallas).
According to Eskin, though the Redskins have been “recommended” not to play Griffin for the first four games, he believes the Redskins will instead do exactly that and start him against the Philadelphia Eagles week one.
According to both Chick Hernandez and Tarik El-Bashir, high-ranking Redskins officials have told them the reports are “NOT TRUE.”
The Redskins of course happen to open the season against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football at FedExField, September 9th. Whether this is a simple game of controversy to cause trouble in Washington with Mike Shanahan, or whether a case of being told wrong by sources, is up to fans to decide.
It is however important to note that the Redskins have mishandled Robert Griffin III three times already during his time in Washington. They lied about his concussion during the Cincinnati Bengals game, in which they were fined. They allowed him to return on the field after his knee injury against the Baltimore Ravens, and then again allowed him to play during the Seattle game after being injured, resulting in a partial ACL tear and complete LCL tear.
While it appears Mike Shanahan has learned his lesson and is forcing Robert Griffin III to take “his route,” there’s no denying there’s a lot of money among other things behind Robert Griffin for his “All in for Week One” campaign.