The Washington Redskins continue to bang the drum by saying that Robert Griffin III is ahead of scheduled in his return from a gruesome knee injury.
But no one can say if he will be on the field when the team opens training camp at its new summer site in Richmond, Va.
“It’s great to hear the building is on schedule, ahead of schedule, and I’ve heard all those same phrases for our quarterback,” Redskins general manager Bruce Allen from the new facility, according to Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “It’s too early to tell right now. He is doing everything that the doctors want him to do. He’s a great worker. I think that’s why there’s so much optimism that he’ll be ready at the beginning.
“But it’s really too premature to speculate on where his medical condition is until we give him a physical when training camp starts July 25.”
The Redskins opened OTA’s on Monday with Kirk Cousins working with the first team. Griffin is scheduled to meet with the assembled media for the first time this offseason on Thursday. Rumors are he began running on grass last month, but nothing about his return is clear at this point.
What’s more important is whether or not Washington will have Griffin ready for the season opener on “Monday Night Football” Sept. 9 against the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.
The club has gotten some good news as top pass rusher Brian Orakpo is healthy for OTA’s after missing much of last season with a torn pectoral muscle.
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