Robert Griffin III suffered an -- ahem -- mild concussion (for my full thoughts on that, click here) against the Falcons on Sunday. The good news is that RG3 is on track to start Sunday, having passed his concussions tests.
Passing those tests, per coach Mike Shanahan, allowed Griffin to return to full practice.
"Yeah, full practice today," Shanahan said. "I'm not sure what we will list him as, but we'll let you guys know. If he passes his tests and we don't see any symptoms, then it looks like he'll be ready to go."
The Redskins ultimately ended up listing Griffin as questionable on the official injury report that they distributed. Shanahan believed, based on what the doctors told him, it would either be probable or questionable.
There's no huge difference there, but using questionable certainly will alleviate any pressure from the media about trying to rush Griffin back onto the field. (By NFL standards, questionable is literally a 50-50 proposition to play.)
Shanahan was asked Friday if the team considered ruling Griffin out. He responded by pointing out Griffin's status, in terms of how his concussion recovery is handled by doctors, not the coaching staff.
"That's what we have doctors for. Doctors make those decisions; we don't. If Robert feels like he's fine, he's had no side-effects, he wants to play, he feels good to play," Shanahan said. "If Robert were to say, 'Hey, you know what? I have a headache,' of course we would do that. That's why we run all these tests. But why would you not let somebody play if he's felt good right at the end of the game [and] every day until now?
"But if he has these tests after practice today and all of sudden he's not feeling good or something's wrong, obviously, we're not going to take the chance."
Washington caught a bunch of heat for the handling of Griffin's injury status following his concussion near the sideline during Week 5. That was absolutely deserved. But based on what we've seen this week, they've done a good job thus far of being open about his status and making sure Griffin's health comes before football.
That said, it would be stunning if Griffin wasn't under center for Week 6's game against the Vikings.
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