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Bruce Allen says there's no rift between Griffin, Shanahan

Redskins GM downplays controversy Aaron Wilson

Print This August 16, 2013, 02:15 PM EST

Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen dismissed the notion that there's a rift between star quarterback Robert Griffin III and coach Mike Shanahan.

Both Griffin and Shanahan have downplayed the controversy, which has simmered with the constant scrutiny of Griffin wanting to play in the preseason and Shanahan refusing to let him due to his knee injury from the playoffs that required surgery.

"We have a very competitive player who's dying to play football, and we have an experienced coach who is doing the right thing," Allen said, per ESPN. "I know somewhere Billy [Kilmer] and Sonny [Jurgensen] are laughing that we created a quarterback controversy with Robert Griffin."

Griffin recently did some damage control where he tried to put the issue to rest.

"They asked me what I thought of the plan, and I told them honestly if it was up to me and it was my way or the highway, it would be something different." Griffin said. "But that's not how it is. You have to respect authority, and I have. Coach asks me to do something, and I do it. If he says don't do that, I haven't done it. I felt I needed to come out and let everyone know it's not a problem, it's not an issue. That's not what our team needs."

The Redskins are pleased with Griffin's progress.

"He is ahead of schedule, he gets his work in," Allen said. "We've had no setbacks so far. The goal is for him to play in Week 1. I don't know if that will happen."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.
 

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