RG-3 says he could start regular season without playing in preseason

The Washington Redskins have maintained for months now that Robert Griffin III is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a reconstructed right knee.

Of course, it is rare when you ever hear an NFL team declare that a player is behind schedule, but that’s not the point here.

Dr. James Andrews has also glowed when talking about Griffin’s recovery process but even if he’s ahead of schedule, it still might be overly optimistic to think he could be ready for the start of training camp in late July. Maybe that won’t matter?

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that Griffin says he could play in the regular season opener without taking a snap in preseason. Yep.

I’ve thought about that and yeah, I would be comfortable with that,” Griffin said, per Maske. “That’s all I can say. I have no control over whether I play in the preseason or not. I would be comfortable running out of the tunnel at FedEx Field with the smoke and everything.”

Griffin is not participating in offseason practices right now while his rehabilitation continues. Kirk Cousins is running the first team offense. Presumably, Griffin will have to be practicing for a while to play in a regular season game, whether he suits up for preseason or not.

If the Redskins have any luck, RG-3 will remain ahead of schedule.

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