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Robert Griffin III works against Redskins' starting defense

Redskins quarterback making progress Aaron Wilson

Print This August 21, 2013, 10:26 PM EST

Washington Redskins star quarterback Robert Griffin III competed in practice against the starting defense for the first time since last season.

It was another positive step forward for Griffin in his recovery from offseason knee surgery. The team wasn't in full pads, though.

"I'm getting the team reps, and that's what I wanted, and that's what the team needed me to be out there doing," Griffin told reporters. "I feel good. I am confident Coach easing me in has helped, and giving me the extra reps has helped now. My eyes are set on Philly."

Griffin got an encouraging report from his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, Monday.

"I've done everything I can," Griffin said. "I can't say it enough times. This is all I can do, and I have to leave it in their hands."

It's up to Andrews to clear Griffin medically when he examines him after an Aug. 29 preseason finale against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Then, Shanahan makes the final call on whether he plays in the season-opener to start against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"I would never go against the doctor's orders," Shanahan said. "If the doctor felt he wasn't ready to play, I'm sure I wouldn't want to play him. If Dr. Andrews said to me, 'I don't think Robert's ready,' I'm sure I wouldn't put Robert out there. But if Dr. Andrews could tell me that he is ready and if I thought something was wrong with Robert through our practice, I wouldn't put him out there."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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