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Shanahan declares RG-3 '98 percent'

Barring unexpected, quarterback starts Sunday Brad Biggs

Print This December 22, 2012, 09:25 AM EST

Robert Griffin III is probable for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia with the Washington Redskins closing in on a playoff spot and the NFC East Division crown.

The Redskins can wrap up the division with a victory this week and one over the Dallas Cowboys in the season finale next Sunday at FedEx Field.

Coach Mike Shanahan has hedged at times this week about Griffin’s availability after he sat out last Sunday’s win at Cleveland with a sprained knee.

When I say ‘probable,’ there’s a very, very good chance he’s going to play,” Shanahan said Friday, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post. “It doesn’t look like there’s any setbacks with him. But if something crazy happened, obviously, we would know before the game. But talking to him after practice, he’s fine.”

Griffin has had full participation in practice for three days. There has been some concern because of possible swelling in the knee.

“If I put him as probable, it’s 98 percent, so that’s pretty good. I know I’m not a doctor,” Shanahan said.

What the Redskins will have to watch – and what no one knows – is if the sprained knee will affect how Griffin plays and how he’s able to move both in the pocket and outside. He maintained earlier this week that he was 100 percent. We’ll see come Sunday.

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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune
 

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